Two Bristol police officers died and another was seriously injured after responding to a 911 call reporting a possible domestic incident involving two siblings on Wednesday night, state police said.
After being kicked out of a bar, the suspect returned home, had a domestic disturbance with his brother, called 911 at 10:29 p.m., then waited with an AR-15-style rifle for officers to arrive, sources said. close to the investigation. tell NBC.
It happened on Redstone Hill Road. State police told a news conference that a suspect was outside and shots were fired, fatally wounding an officer at the scene.
Two other officers were transported from the scene and one was pronounced dead.
Bristol Police identified the deceased officers as Sgt. Dustin Demonte, 35, and officer Alex Hamzy, 34.
Demonte was a married father of two with a third on the way.
Demonte was hired in 2012 and assigned to the patrol division. He was a school resource officer at Greene-Hills Schools. He was also an adviser to the Bristol Police Cadet Explorers Scheme.
He was a decorated law enforcement officer who received the Silver Star, Officer of the Month award and he was a co-recipient of the Officer of the Year award in 2019.
He had a bachelor’s degree in criminology with a minor in psychology from Central Connecticut State University.
Hamzy, who grew up in Bristol, graduated from Bristol Eastern High School in 2006.
He was hired in 2014, was assigned to the patrol division and also served as a cadet advisor. He received many letters of congratulations and recognition.
The injured officer has been identified as 26-year-old Alec Iurrato. He underwent surgery and is recovering, Bristol Police said.
Iurrato was hired in 2018 and is assigned to the patrol division.
He holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government, Law and National Security.
State police said the suspect in the call police were responding to was fatally shot and pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspect’s brother was also shot dead and taken to hospital. His status is unknown.
To honor Demonte and Hamzy, the governor orders that the flags of the United States and the states of Connecticut be lowered to half mast.
“The loss of two Bristol Police Department officers who were killed in the line of duty while responding to a domestic violence emergency call is a senseless tragedy, and my prayers are with their families, loved ones. relatives and fellow officers,” the governor said. said Ned Lamont in a statement.
“I also ask the people of Connecticut to keep in their prayers a third officer who was shot while responding to this emergency and is currently in the hospital with serious injuries. It is a devastating reminder of the dangers police officers face every day to protect our families and neighbors from all kinds of situations. These officers are heroes and will always be remembered for their honorable service to their city and state. This continues to be an active situation, and I have asked DESPP Commissioner James Rovella and the Connecticut State Police to support the Bristol Police Department and greater community in any way possible,” added Lamont.
The governor said the flags should be lowered immediately and remain lowered until sunset on the burial date, which has yet to be determined.
Two police officers were shot and killed and a third was seriously injured in Bristol on Wednesday night, according to state police. The officers pay their respects.
Several law enforcement agencies responded to the scene of the shooting and maintained a large presence in the area until Thursday morning.
Two police officers were shot and killed and a third was seriously injured after being shot dead in Bristol on Wednesday night.
LifeStar helicopter crews said they responded to the scene but did not transport anyone by helicopter.
A local resident told us he was playing tennis in Page Park when he heard gunshots.
“All we heard were sirens, and then we heard the helicopter flying from Page Park, which is about two miles from here,” Ted Krawiec said. “It’s scary, especially Bristol is, I mean, a peaceful city and it’s scary to hear something like this happening here.”
A large number of police were also at Bristol Hospital early Thursday morning. There was also a Bristol fire truck at the hospital with a large American flag hanging from its raised ladder.
Emergency responders staged a procession to escort the two deceased officers from Bristol Hospital to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office. He traveled along Route 6 to Route 4.
The school community is in mourning after losing community members, including one of their own.
“It is with heavy hearts that we share the news this morning from Bristol. Three Bristol police officers were shot dead overnight, two of them fatally, after responding to a call for help. As the details of this tragedy emerge, we will remain united in support of each other and our community as a whole. Over the coming hours and days, we will provide updates and additional information as soon as possible. ‘they will be available’ Supt. Catherine Carbone posted in a message posted on the school department’s websitethe.
“We offer our deepest thoughts and condolences to the families and friends of the victims and to the entire Bristol Police Department during this very difficult time,” the message continued.
“As educators, we strive to create intellectually safe learning spaces that support our scholars as they deal with troubling events. Our students watch, listen, and learn. If your child needs extra support, our school psychologists, school counselors and other Emotional Support staff are here to help. Please do not hesitate to contact us. Our District Crisis Team will continue to monitor the situation and support all students and the staff as we learn more information.”
Local lawmakers expressed their condolences.
“It’s heartbreaking. Words cannot sum up our sadness and emotions. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Bristol Police Service, their families and our entire law enforcement community. We will continue to pray for all of them,” Sen. Henri Martin (R-Bristol) said in a statement.