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Two Bristol police officers are dead and one is recovering from serious injuries after being shot by a suspect on Wednesday night.
The events began around 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday when the Bristol Police Department received a phone call reporting an incident of domestic violence in the 300 block of Redstone Hill Road.
Neighbors in the area said it was around 10:43 p.m.-10:45 p.m. when they saw the police arrive at the house with the lights off. Those officers we now know were Sgt. Dustin Demonte, Officer Alex Hamzy, and Officer Alec Iurato.
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When Demonte, Hamzy and Iurato arrived at the scene, they were confronted by one of the suspects, later identified as 35-year-old Nicholas Brutcher, who was outside the home. The suspect immediately began shooting, wounding all three. Neighbors said the scene “sounded like a war zone.”
Hamzy and Demonte were fatally beaten with one pronounced dead at the scene and the other after he was rushed to Bristol Hospital. Iurato was also rushed to the hospital and underwent surgery at Saint Francis Hospital for his serious gunshot wound.
Nicholas was shot
Nicholas was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. Nathan was taken to an area hospital for treatment of his injuries. His condition is unknown at this time.
Around 3:15 a.m. m. Thursday, state police notified the public that they were at the scene of a shooting in which an officer was injured.
Overnight, a large police presence was seen at both hospitals, with first responders rallying in support at Bristol Hospital for what would later be confirmed as Demonte and Hamzy.
Two and a half hours later, at 5:40 a.m. m., police confirmed that two officers were killed in the shooting.
One of the officers was escorted from Bristol to the Chief Medical Examiner’s office at 7am. m. As the procession made its way to Farmington, Governor Ned Lamont announced that he would order the US and state flags to be lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen officers.
The procession traveling from Route 6 to Route 4 took about 30 minutes. Waiting for them again was a large police presence from the surrounding towns and communities to pay their respects.
At a press conference held by Bristol and state police at 8:30 a.m. m., Delmonte, Hamzy and Iurato were identified as more details about the incident emerged. State police said the shooting was an isolated incident and there was no threat to the public.
Another officer was escorted from Bristol to Farmington at 11am. Both processions lasted between 30 and 40 minutes.
Later Thursday morning, Iurato was released from the hospital.
At noon, state police released the identities of the suspects. Nicholas Brutcher, 35, was shot and pronounced dead at the scene. His brother, Nathan Brutcher, 32, is recovering from his injuries at St. Francis Hospital.