Amid Litchfield fatal shooting probe, attorney says it’s common for lawyers to carry guns – About Your Online Magazine


LITCHFIELD – While state police continued to say little Thursday about the ongoing investigation into the deadly shooting involving a well-known lawyer, the head of the Litchfield County Bar Association says it’s common for lawyers to carry guns.

Litchfield County Bar Association chairman Ryan Henry, a partner at Allingham, Readyoff & Henry, says “a lot of lawyers” carry guns for their protection.

“As lawyers, we are dealing, in many cases, with many high-conflict situations where people are angry and feel they have not received fair treatment,” he said. “There are a lot of people out there with mental illnesses who have serious psychiatric problems. It is not uncommon for people to carry weapons. Fortunately, he is one of those who do it legally. You don’t know what’s on the other side of that door. “

As an example, Henry cited the case of lawyer Julie Porzio, who was shot in the parking lot from a Connecticut court in 2009.


Henry said attorney Robert Fisher, the subject of the state police investigation into Monday’s shooting 16 years ago, is known.

“This is so unfortunate,” Henry said.

Litchfield State Attorney Dawn Gallo said police are still investigating the shooting but added that there is not a case until and unless an arrest is made.

“The state attorney’s office processes cases as soon as arrests are made. However, of course, in serious cases, we would like to be informed about the investigation,” said Gallo. “We would review the search warrants if necessary – things like that.”

Gallo called state police from the West District Major Crime Squad detectives after the shooting was reported Monday night outside the Litchfield office of the law firm Cramer & Anderson. On Thursday, state police said there were no updates to be released about the investigation, including whether anyone had been arrested.

State police said Fisher, a senior partner at Cramer & Anderson, was the object of the investigation. On Tuesday, state police identified the victim as 39-year-old Matthew Bromley. Police said they believed he and Fisher knew each other, but said the link between the two was part of the ongoing investigation.

Fisher hired Torrington’s attorney, Bill Conti, from the law firms of Conti, Levy & Salerno. When contacted on Thursday, Conti confirmed that he is Fisher’s attorney but said he had no further comment.

According to the website Conti, Levy & Salerno, Conti has practiced law for 46 years. His practice areas include criminal law, personal injury law and civil litigation.

Paula Fonseca