Following a suspect’s shooting on Wednesday night, two Bristol police officers are dead and one is in critical condition. When the Bristol Police Department received a phone call reporting a domestic violence incident in the 300 block of Redstone Hill Road at 10:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the events got underway.
It was between 10:43 and 10:45 p.m., according to nearby neighbors, when they spotted cops entering the house with their lights out. We now know that those cops were Sgt. Dustin Demonte, Officers Alex Hamzy, and Alec Iurato.
Bristol Police Shooting Suspect
One of the suspects, later identified as Nicholas Brutcher, 35, who was outside the house, accosted Demonte, Hamzy, and Iurato when they got to the scene.
The suspect opened fire right away, hitting all three of them. The situation “sounded like a warzone,” according to neighbors. Demonte and Hamzy both suffered fatal injuries; one was pronounced dead at the scene and the other died after being taken to Bristol Hospital.
Iurato was also taken to the hospital in a hurry, and his critical gunshot wound required surgery at Saint Francis Hospital.
Nicholas Brutcher, 35 and
his brother, Nathan Brutcher, 32, murdered 2 Bristol CT cops Wednesday.#BlueLivesMatter has been SILENT.
WHITE MEN kill more police officers each year than every other demographic combined, yet cops always “fear for their lives“ around Black men. pic.twitter.com/RU9uo47z7a
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 14, 2022
Killed 2 Police Officers
Both hospitals experienced heavy police presence throughout the course of the night, with first responders congregating at Bristol Hospital to help what would subsequently be identified as Demonte and Hamzy.
At 5:40 a.m., two and a half hours after the incident, authorities announced that two officers had died.
At seven in the morning, one of the officers was taken under escort from Bristol to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Gov. Ned Lamont declared that he would be ordering the state and federal flags to be flown at half-staff in memory of the deceased cops as the procession made its way to Farmington.
It took roughly 30 minutes for the procession to get from Route 6 to Route 4. Once more, a sizable law enforcement contingent from nearby towns and localities was waiting for them to pay their respects.
lets get a face on these whites who killed the pigs. Nicholas Brutcher on the left killed the 2 pigs on the right. But #BlueLivesMatter right? Where they at?
Nate Brutcher is in the 2nd photo to the far right in the green bow tie. These are cop-killers America pic.twitter.com/Ot7EsfNtXd
— Terry Howard (@TerryHo41125807) October 14, 2022
Delmonte, Hamzy, and Iurato were named at a press conference held by state and Bristol police at 8:30 a.m. when additional information about the incident was revealed. According to state police, the gunshot was an isolated occurrence and there was no danger to the general public.
At 11 a.m., a different officer was escorted from Bristol to Farmington. Each procession took between 30 and 40 minutes.
Iurato was discharged from the hospital early on Thursday. State police revealed the identity of the suspects around midday. After being shot, Nicholas Brutcher, 35, was declared dead on the spot. At Saint Francis Hospital, his brother, 32-year-old Nathan Brutcher, is healing from his injuries.
More details are anticipated throughout the day as state police, the officer of the inspector general, and the state attorney’s office investigate the double fatal shooting.