Connecticut police officers who were fatally shot Wednesday appear to have been tricked into responding to a home using a bogus 911 call, state police said Thursday. Police officials said preliminary information suggests the call, which reported an incident of domestic violence between siblings at a home in Bristol, was “a deliberate act to lure police to the scene”.
State police said dispatchers received the call at approximately 10:29 p.m. Wednesday night. When officers arrived, police said, they were “immediately found by a suspect” and “shots were fired.” Officer Alex Hamzy died at the scene and Sgt. Dustin Demonte was later pronounced dead at a local hospital. Officer Alec Iurato suffered “serious injuries” but has since been released from the hospital, according to.
The suspected shooter, Nicholas Brutcher, 35, also died at the scene, police said. His brother, Nathan Brutcher, 32, was injured.
“Words cannot express the sadness and pain that I bring before you this morning,” said Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould. “Sadly, we lost two exceptional Bristol police officers and a third seriously injured as a result of 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. said the boss. He is also survived by his parents, a brother and a sister.
“Our community has been shaken,” Gould said. “Our police department has been shaken. And for our community we value 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 have made,” Gould said. “We are here for you and we will continue to be here for you.”
Danny Rodriguez, who lives across the street from the scene of the shooting, said he was outside around 10:30 p.m. when he heard more than 30 shots. He also heard a woman yell “you… you killed them!”
“It was so loud and crazy,” Rodriguez said.
State police tweeted that a procession would escort the fallen officers from Bristol Hospital to the state medical examiner’s office in Farmington, about 9 miles away.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he was ordering state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the officers, who he said were killed while responding to a domestic violence call.
“This is a senseless tragedy, and my prayers are with their families, loved ones and fellow officers,” Lamont said.
The officers were shot during an especially violent week for police in the United States. Tuesday night in Mississippi, Greenville Police Department Detective Myiesha Stewart was killed and multiple people were injured by gunshots when she and other officers responded to a call, authorities said.
Early Wednesday, three Philadelphia police officers were shot and wounded at a home and one suspect was killed when a SWAT team tried to arrest the wanted man on a manslaughter charge, police said. And in Decatur, Illinois, two police officers conducting a traffic stop were shot and wounded early Wednesday by a motorist who died after officers returned fire, police said.
On Wednesday night, a sheriff’s deputy in central Florida was shot in the chest while investigating a report of a family disturbance at a home. Polk County Sheriff Grady Judd said the deputy was “saved” by his bulletproof vest.
Bristol, Connecticut is located about 15 miles southwest of Hartford.
New York Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the department stands “shoulder to shoulder with the Bristol Police Department as they mourn the loss of two officers who died in the line of duty. Our prayers are with them and the communities these fallen heroes proudly served.”