BRISTOL, Conn. (WPRI) — Two police officers were killed and one was seriously injured in a shooting in Bristol, Connecticut, late Wednesday night, according to Connecticut State Police.
Officers responding to a home on Redstone Hill Road around 10:30 p.m. for a possible domestic situation between two siblings were immediately met with the suspect outside, state police said.
Shots were fired and one officer was pronounced dead at the scene. Two other officers were brought to area hospitals where one of them succumbed to his injuries. The third officer underwent surgery for a severe gunshot wound.
Officials said a preliminary investigation showed the 911 call was fake and meant to lure law enforcement to the home.
Police said the suspect, 35-year-old Nicholas Brutcher, was shot and killed at the scene. The suspect’s brother Nathan Brutcher, 32, was also shot and brought to the hospital. His condition is unknown.
Investigators believe this was an isolated incident and there is no threat to the community.
“We ask your thoughts and prayers be with the families, the officers and all those impacted,” state police posted on Twitter.
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Bristol police identified the officers involved:
Sgt. Dustin Demonte: He joined the Bristol Police Department in 2012. He worked in the Patrol Division and was also a school resource officer. He was 35 years old and is survived by his wife, two children and one child on the way.
Officer Alex Hamzy: He was raised in Bristol and joined the police department in 2014. He worked in the Patrol Division. He was 34 years old and is survived by his wife and parents.
Officer Alec Iurato: He is 26 years old and works in the Patrol Division. He is currently recovering from surgery at home.
Officers from across the state lined the streets and followed the vehicle carrying the officers’ bodies to the Medical Examiner’s office.
Lamont released the following statement:
“I am directing flags in Connecticut lowered to half-staff effective immediately in honor of two Bristol Police officers who were killed in the line of duty late last night while responding to an emergency call of domestic violence at a private residence in town. This is a senseless tragedy, and my prayers are with their families, loved ones, and fellow officers. I also ask the residents of CT to keep in their prayers a third officer who was shot and is currently in the hospital with serious injuries. This is a devastating reminder of the dangers that 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 the honorable service they provided to their town and state. This continues to be an active situation, and I’ve directed DESPP Commissioner James Rovella and the CT State Police to support Bristol police and the greater community in every way they can.”