Connecticut man accused of killing estranged wife in critical condition after apparent suicide attempt

Connecticut

FARMINGTON, Conn. (WTNH) — Lifestar helicopters transferred Fotis Dulos to medical teams at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx on Tuesday afternoon after his apparent suicide attempt at his home in Farmington.

Farmington police confirmed Dulos was found unresponsive in his vehicle in his garage midday Tuesday. According to police, officers had to force entry into Dulos’ home. They administered lifesaving measures, including CPR. Dulos is reportedly in critical condition, suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning.

A source close to the investigation told the media that Dulos is not breathing on his own, which is why he was transferred to the Bronx.

While at Jacobi Medical Center, Dulos will be placed in a hyperbaric chamber. That chamber contains pressurized oxygen to try to get oxygen to parts of his body — specifically the brain — that were deprived of it during his suicide attempt.

WATCH: Lifestar helicopter arrives with Fotis Dulos at Jacobi Medical Center in the Bronx

The Mayo Clinic’s website states that the chambers are used most commonly to treat decompression sickness in divers, but also to treat carbon monoxide poisoning.

Dulos was expected to appear in court in Stamford on Tuesday morning for an emergency bond hearing at which his $6 million bond reportedly may have been in jeopardy because it was uncertain that the insurance company tied to paying the bond was going to agree to cover it.

Police were called to Dulos’ home for a wellness check after he did not show up for the hearing. Lt. Tim McKenzie of the Farmington Police Department reports the investigation is still in its preliminary stages.

Dulos has been under “strict” house arrest since his last court appearance a week ago. Prior to that hearing, Dulos removed a memorial to his estranged wife, Jennifer, that had been placed at the entrance to the Farmington neighborhood — an act which violated his house arrest. Judge Gary White called that act “stupid” and a “second strike” in Dulos’ effort to remain out of jail on bond.

Attorney Greg Cerritelli said in a phone interview, “Now with the developments in Fotis Dulos’ case, the state is probably going to have to reassess what they are going to do with Troconis and Mawhinney’s matters.”

WEB EXTRA: Local defense attorney, Greg Cerritelli, on the phone with WTNH team reacting to new Dulos case development

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