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Neighbor sprang into action after a desperate call for help

MYSTIC — “Help me, Help me. He’s trying to kill me.” That cry for help and desperate screaming is what Mike Nolan heard as he worked on his computer in his Meadowbrook Lane home late Wednesday night.

Nolan said he was shocked to see his neighbors on the ground when he ran outside, and he immediately sprang into action.

Nolan said Bryan Marshall was hunched over his wife, Adrien Amero-Marshall, and they were struggling. Nolan said he screamed at the man he’s known for some 15 years to get away. Marshall, he said, then ran back into his home at 10 Meadowbrook Lane. It was about 10:30 p.m.

Nolan said Amero-Marshall was bleeding profusely from a neck wound, but he needed to move her away from the property, not knowing what kind of danger she was in at that moment. He then ran into his home to call 911. Stonington police said his call was followed by others in the neighborhood who apparently heard the commotion.

Nolan said it seemed that police were on the scene within “30 seconds.”

In that time, he had gone into the house to retrieve a blanket to try to stop the bleeding and to tell his wife about the situation. He said his wife really didn’t want him to go out again, but “what happened was just unacceptable,” he said. He went back out but made sure his wife and children, 5 years old and 10 months, were behind locked doors.

As the officers were helping Amero-Marshall, Nolan and the others heard a noise and saw that the couple’s home was on fire. They lived in an apartment above a two-story garage on the property. Within minutes of that discovery, Marshall, 50, jumped out of a second-story window, said Nolan. Marshall, he said, appeared to be in serious condition with extensive injuries. With the aid of an EMT board, Marshall was moved away from the burning building, Nolan said.

Nolan found the scenario he was thrust into to be like those he’s seen on news reports when neighbors are interviewed following a tragedy.

“They were normal neighbors,” he said. “They were quiet.” He said he never heard them arguing. Although not close friends, Nolan and the Marshalls talked often. “They were a quiet couple who kept to themselves,” he said.

Amero-Marshall, 49, was listed in fair condition at Lawrence + Memorial Hospital in New London on Thursday. She was reported to have been cut with scissors. Marshall was transferred from L+M to Yale-New Haven, where he was said to be in critical condition.

Stonington police Capt. Jerry Desmond said the cause of the fire and the domestic dispute would be investigated.

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