Two Bristol police officers mourned


Photo Credit: Connecticut State Police

More than 80 shots were fired killing 2 officers and injuring another following a response to a possible domestic violence situation at a Bristol home Wednesday night last week, resulting in the remaining officer shooting and killing the armed assailant. 

Sgt. Dustin DeMonte, 35, and Officer Alex Hamzy, 34, were killed in a shooting following a possible domestic violence report at a Bristol home. Officer Alec Iurato, 26, was also injured during the incident. 

Following the call made around 10:30 that evening the officers arrived at the scene, 310 Redstone Hill Road in Bristol. The officers approached the side door of the house to speak with Nathan Brutcher, 32. Nathan’s involvement is unclear. 

When from behind the officers, Nicholas Brutcher, 35, fired more than 80 shots, killing both DeMonte and Hamzy, and hitting Iurato in the leg. Iurato was able to make it to the police vehicle where he then fired one shot, killing Nicholas Brutcher.

There was an altercation between Brutcher and officers earlier that day while Brutcher was drinking at a bar and police were called. 

After the incident condolences have been given by many including Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont who tweeted that “This is a senseless tragedy, and my prayers are with their families, loved ones, and fellow officers.” 

Connecticut State Police have also commented on the situation saying that the 911 call made was a “deliberate act to lure law enforcement to the scene.”

The Bristol Police department has released resources that can be used to support the families of the deceased officers. A fundraiser on will benefit the families of both Sgt. DeMonte and Officer Hamzy. DeMonte leaves behind his wife, two kids, and one on the way. Hamzy leaves behind his wife.

The Bristol Police Union has set up a Bristol Police Heroes fund with Thomaston Savings Bank, donations can be made at any branch, online, and at a donation box at the Bristol police department.