Authorities say a man who lured officers into a deadly attack fired more than 80 shots at police before a wounded officer died, the Connecticut inspector general’s office said.
Bristol police Sgt. Officer Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy were responding to a domestic violence call when they were shot and killed Wednesday night, police said. Officer Alec Iurato was injured.
Authorities believe the gunman, 35-year-old Nicholas Brutcher, made the domestic violence call to 911, the inspector general’s report said.
Connecticut State Police said her brother, 32-year-old Nathan Brutcher, was also at the scene.
“Officers went to the side door of the home and spoke with Nathan Brutcher,” the report said. “When Nathan Brutcher came out, shots were fired. Nicholas Brutcher fired more than eighty rounds as he attacked the officers from behind, shooting Sergeant Demonte and Officer Hamzy, and wounding Officer Iurato.
Although he was shot in the leg, “Officer Iurato was able to turn around the house and return to a Bristol Police Department cruiser,” the report states. “From that position, he fired a shot, killing and striking Nicholas Brutcher.”
The Inspector General said that Iurato’s use of deadly force was justified.
Connecticut State Police are investigating the shooting. The agency said the 911 call appeared to be “a deliberate act of law enforcement.”
Three of the officers’ body cameras recorded the shooting. But to respect the victims’ privacy, the chief inspector released only a portion of the video from Iurato’s bodycam footage.
“Shots fired. The shots More cars Send them all,’ says the injured man as someone shouts in the background. “Shoot officer, shoot officer.”
A barrage of what sounds like gunfire follows. Iurato takes cover behind a parked vehicle and fires into a driveway.
At least 54 police officers have been killed in intentional shootings in 2022, according to the Officer Down Memorial Fund website.
A day after Demonte and Hamzy were killed in Connecticut, Las Vegas officer Truong Thai was killed Thursday while responding to a domestic disturbance call, Sheriff Joe Lombardo said.
The Las Vegas Police Protective Association said Thai was a 23-year police veteran.
“Officer Thai was not only a protector of our community, but a father, son and brother,” the union said. “These senseless acts of violence are becoming very common in our society.”
On Wednesday, three Philadelphia SWAT officers were injured in a shootout while trying to serve a warrant on a homicide suspect, police said.
After knocking on a door, the SWAT team was “met immediately with gunfire,” said John Stanford, Philadelphia’s first deputy police commissioner.
A shootout ensued, and the suspect was killed. The three injured officers will recover, said Commissioner Danielle M. Outlaw.
Nationwide, the number of police officers intentionally killed in the line of duty reached a 20-year high last year, according to FBI data.
Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould became visibly emotional as he described the two slain officers.
“We lost two exceptional police officers in Bristol. And a third was seriously injured in the senseless violence,” Gould said Thursday.
Demonte, 35, was also a school resource officer at two Bristol schools and a counselor in the Bristol police scout cadet program, the chief said.
“Throughout his career, he has received numerous awards, including the Silver Star, Officer of the Month and the 2019 Officer of the Year co-recipient,” Gould said.
Demont is survived by his wife, two children “and one on the way,” the chief said.
Hamzy, 34, was also a counselor for the police scout cadet program.
“Throughout his career, he received numerous letters of commendation and recognition,” Gould said.
Hamzy is survived by his wife, parents and two sisters.
Iurato, 26, underwent surgery “for a serious gunshot wound and is currently recovering,” the police chief said Thursday.
Gould said the Bristol officers exemplified police courage, as so many officers do every day.
“They answered a call of duty, and they certainly did,” he said. “And what they did every night before that. And that’s what all our officers do and will continue to do.”