Two Connecticut officers were lured to their deaths while a third was injured by a fake domestic violence call, according to state police.
Dustin DeMonte, 35, and Alex Hamzy, 34, were both shot dead by Nicholas Brutcher, 35, after responding to a 911 call at around 10.30pm Wednesday on Redstone Hill Road in Bristol.
A third officer, Alec Iurato, 26, was rushed to Saint Francis Hospital and underwent surgery for serious gunshot wounds, where he is currently recovering.
According to police, Brutcher and his brother, Nathan, 32, opened fire on the officers with AR-15 once they arrived at the home.
Police now say the preceding 911 was ‘a deliberate act to lure law enforcement to the scene.’
Nicholas was shot dead at the scene while Nathan was wounded and hospitalized.
Dustin DeMonte, 35, was shot dead while responding to a 911 call of a domestic incident between two brothers in Connecticut
Alex Hamzy, 34, was also killed in the incident which saw the cops met with an armed suspect outside the address
Alec Iurato, 26, was rushed to Saint Francis Hospital and underwent surgery for serious gunshot wounds, where he is currently recovering
Two police officers have been killed and one left fighting for his life after a dispute between two brothers saw a gunman open fire in Connecticut
One witness, Danny Rodriguez, said he heard three sets of gunshots and 30 shots in total. He says he heard another woman yelling out during the shooting: ‘you killed them!’
‘I heard a whole war going on behind me,’ Rodriguez said, according to KOCO.
Jeltema said state troopers and detectives are still gathering evidence and the ‘very complex’ investigation is ongoing.
She added that it was an ‘isolated incident’ with ‘no threat to the community’ during a press conference.
Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould added that the deaths were as a result of ‘senseless violence’ which has brought the force ‘sadness and grief.’
‘They answered a call to duty, and they responded without hesitation, and that’s what they did every night before that,’ Gould said. ‘And that’s what all our officers do and will continue to do day after day.’
Witnesses described hearing two sets of 12 gunshots before sirens and a helicopter descended on the area.
The suspect who opened fire was fatally shot and pronounced dead at the scene while his brother was also shot and taken to a hospital. His condition is unknown.
Sergeant Demonte was hired in 2012 and worked as a school resource officers, and is survived by his pregnant wife Laura and two young children Phoebe and Porter.
Officer Hamzy joined in 2014, working the patrol division and is survived by his wife Katie, parents and two sisters.
Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould added that the deaths were as a result of ‘senseless violence’ which has brought the force ‘sadness and grief’
Connecticut State Police Sgt. Christine Jeltema confirmed that the suspect opened fire, with one officer being pronounced dead at the scene
Jeltema said state troopers and detectives are still gathering evidence and the ‘very complex’ investigation is ongoing
Iurato was hired in 2018, and was also assigned to the patrol division, with Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont directed flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of the fallen officers.
He added: ‘The loss of two officers from the Bristol Police Department who were killed in the line of duty while responding to an emergency call of domestic violence is a senseless tragedy, and my prayers are with their families, loved ones, and fellow officer
‘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.’
Mourners have left several floral tributes outside of the Bristol Connecticut Police Department, which also has black bunting hung over their sign.
Nearby resident Robyn Lauzon told the Middletown Press that the shootout sounded ‘like a war zone.’
The three officers were shot during an especially violent week for police in the United States which saw five others shot
Connecticut governor Ned Lamont directed flags in the city to be lowered to half-mast in the wake of the shooting, describing the incident as a ‘senseless tragedy’
‘It was horrible. I heard three rounds of nine or 10 gunshots each,’ she said. ‘It was scary as hell — and the sirens were crazy. It was like a war zone.’
The officers were shot during an especially 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 injured by gunfire as she and other officers responded to a call, authorities said.
Early Wednesday, three Philadelphia police officers were shot and wounded at a home and a suspect was killed when a SWAT team tried to arrest a man wanted on a homicide charge, police said.
And in Decatur, Illinois, two police officers conducting a traffic stop in a central Illinois city were shot and wounded early Wednesday by a motorist who died after officers returned fire, police said.
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The officers were rushed to the nearby Jefferson University hospital, along with a suspect who was shot in the head by the officers when he returned fire.
That suspect was later pronounced dead in the hospital.
The National Fraternal Order of Police, the largest police union in the country, said it was yet another example of the violence faced by America’s cops.
‘Please pray for the 3 Philadelphia Police SWAT officers who were shot this morning while serving a warrant.
‘Reports indicate they were rushed to the hospital and are in stable condition.
‘The out of control violence against the police MUST STOP!’ the union said in a tweet.
SWAT officers at the hospital on Wednesday morning after their colleagues were shot while carrying out a murder warrant