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80+ rounds fired: Inspector general details findings from ambush attack that killed 2 Bristol police officers

An initial report from the Office of Inspector General says the suspect who killed two Bristol police officers and wounded a third fired more than 80 rounds during an ambush attack.

News 12 Staff

Oct 16, 2022, 10:17 PM

Updated 639 days ago

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An initial report from the Office of Inspector General says the suspect who killed two Bristol police officers and wounded a third fired more than 80 rounds during an ambush attack.
It also said the use of deadly force from Officer Alec Iurato, who was shot in the leg, was justified.
According to the report, three Bristol police officers responded to a 911 call believed to have been made by the suspect Nicholas Brutcher. When officers arrived, they went to the side door of the home and spoke with Nicholas' brother, Nathan Brutcher.
This combo of images provided by the Connecticut State Police, show, from left, Bristol, Conn. Police Department Sgt. Dustin Demonte, Officer Alex Hamzy and Officer Alec Iurato. (Connecticut State Police via AP)
This combo of images provided by the Connecticut State Police, show, from left, Bristol, Conn. Police Department Sgt. Dustin Demonte, Officer Alex Hamzy and Officer Alec Iurato. (Connecticut State Police via AP)
As they ordered Nathan to step out of the home and show his hands, gunfire erupted. The report says Nicholas Brutcher fired shots from behind Sgt. Dustin DeMonte, Officer Alex Hamzy, and Officer Iurato.
DeMonte and Hamzy died in the shooting. Iurato was shot in the leg.
The inspector general’s office released a bodycam video taken by Iurato that begins after the ambush attack. He is able to make his way around the home and to the police cruiser. There, he fired one shot that killed Nicholas Brutcher.
It’s still not clear where Nicolas was located when officers arrived at the home. It’s also not clear how Nathan Brutcher was injured in the shooting.
The bodycam footage from Hamzy and DeMonte will remain confidential, according to the inspector general.
A funeral is set for Friday for Sgt. Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy. The service will be held at Rentschler Field at Pratt & Whitney Stadium in East Hartford at 11 a.m.


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