2 officers dead, 1 seriously injured in ambush shooting in Bristol, Connecticut

NEWSCENTER 5. TED WAYMAN, NEWSCENTER 5. JESSICA: TED, THANK YOU. WE WILL STAY OVER MORE BREAKING NEWS FROM BRISTOL, CONNECTICUT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE THREE POLICE OFFICERS SHOOTED OVERNIGHT. TWO OF THEM HAVE DIED, THE THIRD HAS SEVERE INJURIES. ANTOINETTE: THE FALLEN OFFICERS ARE 35 YEAR OLD SGT. DUSTIN DEMONTE AND 34-YEAR-OLD OFFICER ALEX HAMZY. 26-YEAR-OLD OFFICER ALEC IURATO RECEIVED A SERIOUS GUNHOOD WOUND, IS RECOVERING FROM SURGERY AND RECOVERING. SGT. DEMONTE WAS A MARRIED FATHER OF TWO CHILDREN, WITH A THIRD ON THE WAY. OFFICER HAMZY IS SURVIVED BY HIS WIFE, PARENTS AND SIBLINGS. ABC NEWS REPORTS POLICE SOURCES CLAIMS THAT THE SHOOTER MADE A 911 CALL, POSSIBLY ABOUT AN INCIDENT OF DOMESTIC VIOLENCE AT HOME, THEN CARRIED OUT AN APPEARING AMBUSH ON THE OFFICERS WITH AN AR-15 RIFLE. THIS MORNING A PROCESSION STARTED TO BRING THE BODY OF THE TWO KILLED OFFICERS TO THE MEDICAL EXAMINATION OFFICE. – GUN. >> OUR HEARTS ARE BROKEN AND WE FEEL AN IMMENSE GROUP – MOURNING FOR THESE OFFICERS, THEIR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND ALL THE STAFF. ANTOINETTE: THIS MORNING THERE WAS A PROCESSION TO BRING THE BODY OF THE TWO KILLED OFFICERS TO THE DOCTOR

2 officers dead, 1 seriously injured in ambush shooting in Bristol, Connecticut

Two police officers died and a third officer suffered serious injuries in a shooting late Wednesday after they were lured to an apartment in Bristol, Connecticut, by a fake 911 call. Bristol Police received an emergency call just before 10:30pm from a house on Redstone Hill Road reporting an incident between two siblings, officers said: “When officers arrived they were immediately contacted with the suspect outside 310 Redstone Hill road hit. Shots were fired, fatally injuring an officer on the stage. Two other officers were taken to area hospitals. A second officer was pronounced dead and a third officer sustained serious injuries,” Connecticut State Police Sgt. Christine Jetelema said. Officer Alex Hamzy, 34, died at the scene. Sergeant Dustin Demonte, 35, was taken to Bristol Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officer Alec Iurato, 26, suffered a serious gunshot wound, underwent surgery and is recovering. Police said preliminary information “appears to indicate the call to 911 was a deliberate act to lure law enforcement to the scene.” Sources told ABC the gunman may have made a fake 911 call from home and carried out an apparent ambush with an AR-15-style rifle when officers arrived. Police said the suspect, Nicholas Brutcher, 35, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect’s brother, Nathan Brutcher, 32, was also shot and taken to a hospital for treatment. “Unfortunately we have lost two exceptional Bristol police officers and a third was seriously injured by this senseless violence.” Demonte, who has been with the department since 2011, leaves behind his wife and two children “and one is on the way,” Gould said. Hamzy, who was hired in 2014 and grew up in Bristol, is survived by his wife, parents and siblings.Iurato was hired in 2018 and is assigned to the department’s patrol unit.”Our men and women of the Bristol Police Department are privileged and honored to be on the front lines to serve to protect and serve the community of Bristol and that’s what these heroes did last night. They answered a call to duty and they responded without hesitation. They’ve done that every night before and that all our officials do and will do every day,” Gould said. Shortly after the shooting, a procession carried the two fallen officers from Bristol Hospital to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Farmington. “Bristol is our big small town. It is also known as All Hearts City. Today our hearts are broken. We are united in immeasurable sadness for these hero officers, for their families and friends, and for our entire law enforcement staff,” said Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano. Connecticut Governor “This is a senseless tragedy and my prayers are with their families, loved ones and colleagues,” said Ned Lamont Bristol is about 20 miles southwest of Hartford.

Two police officers died and a third officer suffered serious injuries in a shooting late Wednesday after they were lured to an apartment in Bristol, Connecticut, by a fake 911 call.

Bristol Police received an emergency call just before 10:30pm from a house on Redstone Hill Road reporting an incident between two siblings, officials said.

“When officers arrived they were immediately met with the suspect outside of 310 Redstone Hill Road. Shots were fired, fatally injuring an officer on the stage. Two other officers were taken to area hospitals. A second officer was pronounced dead and a third officer sustained serious injuries,” Connecticut State Police Sgt. Christine Jetelema said.

Officer Alex Hamzy, 34, died at the scene. Sergeant Dustin Demonte, 35, was taken to Bristol Hospital where he was pronounced dead. Officer Alec Iurato, 26, suffered a serious gunshot wound, underwent surgery and is recovering.

Sergeant Dustin Demonte, 35, and Officer Alex Hamzy, 34. Officer Alec Iurato, 26,

CT State Police

Bristol Police Department Sgt. Dustin Demonte, Officer Alex Hamzy, Officer Alec Iurato.

Police said preliminary information “appears to indicate the call to 911 was a deliberate act to lure law enforcement to the scene.” Sources told ABC the gunman may have made a fake 911 call from home and carried out an apparent ambush with an AR-15-style rifle when officers arrived.

Police said the suspect, Nicholas Brutcher, 35, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect’s brother, Nathan Brutcher, 32, was also shot and taken to a hospital for treatment.

“Words cannot express the sadness and heartache that I bring before you this morning,” Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould said. “Unfortunately we have lost two exceptional Bristol police officers and a third has been seriously injured by this senseless violence.”

Demonte, who has been with the department since 2011, leaves behind his wife and two children “and one is on the way,” Gould said.

Hamzy, who was hired in 2014 and grew up in Bristol, is survived by his wife, parents and siblings.

Iurato was hired in 2018 and is assigned to the department’s Patrol Division.

“Our men and women of the Bristol Police Department are privileged and honored to serve on the front lines to protect and serve the Bristol community and that is exactly what these heroes did last night. They answered a call to duty, and they responded without hesitation. They did that every night before, and that’s what all our officers do and will do every day,” Gould said.

Shortly after the shooting, a procession carried the two fallen officers from Bristol Hospital to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office in Farmington.

“Bristol is our big small town. It is also known as All Hearts City. Today our hearts are broken. We are united in immeasurable sadness for these hero officers, for their families and friends, and for our entire law enforcement staff,” said Bristol Mayor Jeff Caggiano.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said flags in the state should be lowered to half-staff in honor of officers.

“This is a senseless tragedy and my prayers are with their families, loved ones and colleagues,” Lamont said.

The city of Bristol is about 20 miles southwest of Hartford.

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