NEW MILFORD — A 43-year-old man shot in his home over the weekend has died and been identified.
Robert C. Cerrato III was identified by police as the victim of the Saturday evening shooting on Kent Road.
Emergency personnel responded to Cerrato’s home around 5:30 p.m. after he called 911 requesting an ambulance for a gunshot wound.
Detectives from Connecticut State Police’s Western District Major Crime Squad are investigating the incident as an untimely death.
Although New Milford police referred to the incident as a “firearm discharge” and the shooting was referred to as accidental in dispatch reports, state police have not confirmed that it was.
Police have also not disclosed where Cerrato was wounded or when he was pronounced dead.
“I lost my best buddy, my son, Rob, to a tragic accident,” Bob Cerrato wrote on Facebook. “He was a good brother, father, husband and son.”
Bob Cerrato remembered his son as a man with “a heart of gold” who “helped many in need.”
“I’m totally devastated and heartbroken,” he wrote.
Cerrato was a Massachusetts native and father, who once owned a tattoo and piercing shop on Danbury Road.
“He was the greatest father anybody could have and was the best friend I could ever have,” one of his sons, Cole Cerrato, said Monday.
His other son, Tyler Cerrato, shared a heartfelt post on Facebook Sunday night expressing how much he loved and will miss his father.
“I just wanted to say I love you and I’m going to miss you very much,” Tyler Cerrato wrote. “I’ll never forget all you did for me and Cole growing up. I know that it wasn’t easy and we didn’t always make it easy on you, but we love you so much.”
Tyler Cerrato recalled memories he shared with his dad like going to baseball games, the 2004 World Series, “countless nights” playing video games and his father teaching him to play sports.
“Most of all, you taught me a good work ethic and how to me a mature man,” he wrote. “You can rest easy knowing that I made it and I’m starting a family of my own … I’m going to really miss you. Look over me and my family, dad. I love you.”
One person described Cerrato as an “amazing, good-hearted guy who always was there for everyone.”
New Milford Police Department and Litchfield Judicial District are assisting state police in their ongoing investigation.