Bristol Police Sgt. Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy killed, 3rd officer injured in Connecticut shooting

2 officers killed at Bristol, Connecticut; The authorities take stock

2 officers killed at Bristol, Connecticut; The authorities take stock


Two police officers were shot and killed and a third injured while responding to a domestic violence call in Connecticut, authorities said Thursday, amid an unusually violent week for police officers across the country.

The suspected shooter was also killed and the shooter’s brother was injured in the gunfire Wednesday night in Bristol, state police said. The injured officer was taken to hospital with “serious injuries”.

Officers responded to the domestic violence call around 10:30 p.m. and were met by a person outside the house, Sgt. said Christine Jeltema of the state police.

“Shots were fired, fatally wounding an officer on the scene,” Jeltema said.

A second officer died in a hospital and the third officer transported to hospital underwent surgery.

Authorities did not say who fired all the fatal shots. Jeltema said the investigation is in the preliminary stages.

Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould said the the officers killed were Sgt. Dustin Demonte, 35, and Officer Alex Hamzy, 34. Gould said officer Alex Iarato, 26, is recovering.

Bristol Police Constable Alex Hamzy, left, and Sgt. Dustin Demonte.

Connecticut State Police

“Words cannot express the sadness and grief that brings me before you this morning,” the police chief said. “Sadly we have lost two exceptional Bristol police officers, and a third has been seriously injured following senseless violence.”

Gould said Demonte graduated from Central Connecticut State University and was hired by the department in 2012. He was a decorated officer who was a co-recipient of the 2019 Officer of the Year award. Demonte left behind a wife and two children, with another child on the way, the chief said. He also leaves to mourn his parents, a brother and a sister.

“Our community has been rocked,” Gould said. “Our police department has been shaken. And for our community, we appreciate our partnership. We need your support. We need your thoughts and we need your prayers.”

Hamzy grew up in Bristol and graduated from Bristol Eastern High School in 2006, Gould said. He is survived by his wife, parents and two sisters.

“To the families of our fallen officers, we will never forget the sacrifice your loved ones made,” Gould said. “We are here for you and we will continue to be here for you.”

According to CBS Hartford affiliate WFSB-TV the shooting took place in a residential area about half a mile from ESPN headquarters.

Danny Rodriguez, who lives across from the scene of the shooting, said he was outside around 10:30 p.m. when he heard more than 30 gunshots. He also heard a woman shout “you…killed them!”

“It was so loud and crazy,” Rodriguez said.

State Police tweeted that a procession would escort the deceased officers from Bristol Hospital to the state medical examiner’s office in Farmington, about 9 miles away.

Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he is ordering state flags to be lowered to half staff in honor of officers, who he says were killed while responding to a domestic violence call.

“This is a senseless tragedy, and my prayers go out to their families, loved ones and fellow officers,” Lamont said.

The officers were shot in a particularly violent week for police in the United States. On Tuesday night in Mississippi, Greenville Police Department Detective Myiesha Stewart was killed and several other people were shot and injured while she and other officers responded to a call, authorities said.

Early Wednesday, three Philadelphia police officers were shot and injured in a home and a suspect was killed when a SWAT team attempted to arrest the man wanted for homicide, police said. And in Decatur, Illinois, two police officers conducting a traffic stop were shot and injured early Wednesday by a motorist who died after officers returned fire, police said.

Late Wednesday, a Central Florida sheriff’s deputy was shot in the chest while investigating a report of domestic unrest at a home. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the deputy was “saved” by his body armor.

Bristol, Connecticut is located about 15 miles southwest of Hartford.

NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department “stands side by side with the Bristol Police Department as it mourns the loss of two officers who were killed in the line of duty. Our prayers are with them and the communities these fallen heroes combat have proudly served”.

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