A Connecticut landlord, who also happens to be a Norwalk city official, is accused of gunning down her tenant.
Norwalk police arrested Ellen Wink, 61, and charged her with murder about an hour after first responders found a man with multiple gunshot wounds while responding to a 911 call around noon on Jan. 20 in Norwalk, Connecticut.
Kurt Lametta, 54, was pronounced dead at the scene by Norwalk Hospital Emergency Medical Service.
Wink, the Norwalk Republican deputy registrar of voters and former city clerk, who also owns the property, was detained on the scene.
“Patrol Division Officers located Wink at the scene and detained her. Norwalk Detectives immediately began their investigation, which ultimately led to Wink’s arrest. The investigation remains ongoing at this time however we want to reiterate that this is an isolated incident and there is no danger to the public,” according to a statement from The Norwalk Police.
Lametta’s family owns a construction company and reportedly has deep ties in Norwalk.
A registered justice of the peace, Wink’s official job title with the city, is “Election Administrator, Republican Deputy Registrar,” according to the Hartford Courant.
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“I think we’re all in a bit of shock,” Mayor Harry Rilling told The New York Times.
Wink made an unsuccessful bid for state representative for the 137th District in the 2020 elections and was also arrested in September after a dispute with her tenant.
Wink was accused of locking a tenant out of the home and throwing away their belongings, such as clothes and jewelry, according to The Hour of Norwalk.
Wink was ordered held on $1 million bail, and was arraigned in Stamford Superior Court. She is due back in court on March 16.
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