WINDHAM (AP) — A Maine man charged in connection with the death of his wife says he thought she was an intruder when he fatally shot her in their home.

Noah Gaston of Windham was arrested Friday and charged with murder. His wife, 34-year-old Alicia Gaston, died from a shotgun blast just before dawn on Jan. 14.

The Portland Press Herald reports an affidavit written by state police says the 33- year-old Gaston told dispatchers his wife woke up early and he mistook her for an intruder.

Authorities say he told police he didn’t know it was his wife when he saw a figure at the end of the stairs and opened fire.

Police say the couple’s two daughters told them they had heard their parents arguing.

Gaston is due in court on Tuesday.

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