BETHEL — A man has been charged in Saturday’s fatal stabbing at a home on Plumtrees Road.

David MacDowell, 34, of Bethel, was arrested and charged with manslaughter in the first degree, pending further investigation. He is currently being held on $1 million bond and will appear in Danbury Superior Court on Monday, Bethel Police said Sunday.

Bethel police responded to reports of a stabbing victim at a home on Plumtrees Road, just before 1 a.m. Saturday. When they arrived, they found a woman with several stab wounds, police said.

She was treated on scene and brought to Danbury Hospital, where she later died, police said.

“Within minutes of officers arriving at the residence, the suspect, David MacDowell, came to the Bethel Police Department and spoke with a dispatcher,” according to a news release.

He was then arrested and charged around 1:10 a.m., according to the release.

The Bethel Police Detective Bureau is still actively investigating this incident and more information will be released once the victim's family is located and notified.

“We’re very sorry for the victim’s family,” First Selectman Matt Knickerbocker said Sunday.

He said Bethel is a very close-knit community and these types of incidents, though rare, are never not sad.

“Homicides are a very rare occurrence fortunately,” he said.

Bethel’s last killing was a murder-suicide in a Governors Lane home in March 2016.

Officers were investigating a disconnected 911 call from the home and heard a gunshot as they arrived. Police said at the time that Thai Pham, used a makeshift gun to kill his brother-in-law, Charles Cristofalo, and wound his sister, Anh Cristofalo, before he turned the gun on himself.

Charles Cristofalo died that day from his wounds and Pham died the following day.

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