Westport Man Threatens Wife with Gun, Turns it on Himself

A domestic disturbance in Westport has left one man dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound. Here's more from Westport Police…

On May 21, 2010 at approximately 10:04PM the Westport Police received an emergency line call for a domestic disturbance at 200 Mouse Mill Road.  The female caller reported that her husband was threatening her with a gun.  The caller also stated that her husband threatened to set the house on fire and injure himself if she called the police.

Officers arrived within three minutes and were directed by the caller to climb a gate since the house and yard were enclosed with a fence.  The caller was hiding outside and stayed on the emergency line with the dispatcher until the police arrived.  

Several officers responded and approached a rear door to the house.  Officers were entering the house and heard what sounded like a gunshot.  Officers searched the home and located Roger Sartinini III age 47 with a gunshot wound.  Officers attempted to use an Automatic External Defibrillator and summoned the Westport Fire Department.  Paramedics arrived and also attempted to resuscitate him but were unsuccessful.

The caller told investigators that he had also threatened her with the firearm two days earlier but did not call the police.  

“This incident highlights the dangers involved in domestic violence cases and our heartfelt thoughts are with the victim who managed to survive the argument.”  “She was fortunate that she was able to escape and hide outside until the police arrived.”

The incident remains under investigation by the State Police Detectives assigned to the Bristol County District Attorney's Office along with the Westport Police.