Police have released new information about an ambush shooting in Bristol earlier this week that left two officers dead and another seriously wounded.
Officers were called to a home on Redstone Hill Road Wednesday night after receiving a report of a domestic disturbance. State police said preliminary information indicates the 911 call was a deliberate act to attract police to the scene.
When police arrived, state police said 35-year-old Nicholas Brutcher was outside and shots were fired, fatally wounding 34-year-old Bristol Police Officer Alex Hamzy at the scene.
Sgt. Dustin DeMonte, 35, was also shot. He was transported from the scene and later pronounced dead, police said.
Bristol police say Officer Alec Iurato, 26, who was hit by gunfire, returned fire and killed Brutcher.
Officer Iurato was taken to the hospital with serious injuries, underwent surgery and is now recovering, investigators added. He was released from the hospital on Thursday.
Brutcher’s brother was also shot and taken to the hospital for treatment of his wounds.
Officer Alec Iurrato has been released from the hospital after being wounded in a shooting in Bristol.
Held processions for the transport of fallen officers
Two parades were held for Sgt. DeMonte and Officer Hamzy on Friday.
Sgt. DeMonte was taken to the North Haven funeral home by the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner. Roads in the area were closed as the community paid their respects to the fallen officer.
Officer Iurato was seen on crutches in the procession for Sgt. DeMonte at North Haven Funeral Home.
A second march is being held after two police officers were shot in Bristol late Wednesday night.
The police motorcade that transported Hamzy from the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner to the funeral home in Terryville passed directly through the vigil. Many people in the crowd thanked the men and women in blue as they passed.
Bristol Officer Alex Hamzy, 34, and 35-year-old Sgt. Dustin DeMonte, were killed in a shooting Wednesday night while responding to a 911 call in what was described as an ambush attack. Their bodies will be transferred to funeral homes.
A vigil was held in honor of Sgt. DeMonte and Officer Hamzy
Candlelight vigil in honor of fallen Sgt. DeMonte and Officer Hamzy happened upon each other outside the Bristol Police Department on Friday night.
A very large crowd gathered at the vigil, all paying their respects and remembering the officers from Bristol.
Photos: Strong support to honor fallen Bristol police officers
Support continues to pour in for Bristol Police
In the days after the shooting, support for Bristol Police has poured in.
The lobby of the police department is littered with flowers, balloons and notes, including handwritten messages from young children.
They have messages including “thank you”, “thank you for protecting the people of Bristol”, “stay strong” and “stay safe out there.” They also express their grief.
Some of the items in the lobby of the police department also come from other departments showing their support.
Flowers and notes are also being collected at the cruiser in front of the police department.
A portrait of each fallen officer now hangs outside the police department, honoring their lives and work as tributes continue to pour in.
Crisis therapy dogs and their partners are also used to provide support. The teams are trained in psychological first aid and crisis stress management. The dogs are more than just therapy dogs – they are especially prepared to respond to tragedy.
Signs of support for Bristol police are going up in the lobby of the police department after Wednesday night’s tragic shooting that claimed the lives of two officers and sent another to the hospital to be treated for serious injuries.
Fallen Sgt.’s Mortgage Payoff Foundation
The Tunnel to Towers Foundation announced that he would pay off the mortgage on Sgt. DeMonte is home.
The foundation said it will immediately assume the mortgage on DeMonte’s home. The Tunnel to Towers Fallen First Aid Home Program pays off mortgages for families of first responders who are killed in the line of duty and leave behind young children.
DeMonte was a 10-year veteran of the force. He is the father of two young children, with a third on the way.
Fundraising organization to support families of fallen officers
Several fundraising events were organized to support the families of fallen officers. Police urge people to use only sanctioned fundraisers.
Bristol Police said the Fund’s fundraising is the first to directly benefit the families of Sgt. DeMonte and Officer Hamzy. Fundraising is through Bristol Police Charity. More information about the fundraiser can be found here.
A sign shop in Bristol is selling special lawn signs to honor the city’s fallen officers, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the families of the officers killed Wednesday night, according to the store’s owner.
The Bristol Police Union has also set up the Bristol Police Heroes Fund with Thomaston Savings Bank. To make a donation to the fund established at Thomaston Savings Bank, you can visit any branch or click here.
A secure collection box has also been set up at the Bristol Police Department.
Authorities are asking residents not to donate to phone calls.