Before 911 'Ambush,' Caller Reportedly Kicked Out of Bar

2 officers were fatally shot after bogus 911 call to lure them to the scene, say police
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 13, 2022 10:35 AM CDT
Updated Oct 14, 2022 12:50 PM CDT
2 Police Officers Killed in Connecticut 'Ambush'
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)

Update: Police in Connecticut believe two officers killed in Bristol Wednesday were shot after a 911 call was placed in a "deliberate act to lure law enforcement to the scene," the New York Times reports. Investigators believe Nicholas Brutcher, 35, made the call about a domestic dispute with his brother, then waited to ambush officers with an AR-15-style rifle. Sources tell NBC Connecticut that Brutcher made the call after getting kicked out of a bar. Brutcher was fatally shot during the incident and his brother, 32-year-old Nicholas Brutcher, was injured. Police haven't said who shot them—or what Brutcher's motivation was. Sgt. Dustin Demonte, 35, and Officer Alex Hamzy, 34, were the first officers killed by gunfire in the line of duty in Bristol since 1941, the Hartford Courant reports. Our story from Thursday follows:

US and state flags in Connecticut have been lowered to half-staff to honor two police officers killed while responding to a domestic violence emergency call late Wednesday night. Police sources tell ABC News that the gunman, who was also killed, called 911 himself and then apparently ambushed the officers, opening fire with an AR-15-style rifle. The slain officers have been identified as Sgt. Dustin Demonte, 35, and Officer Alex Hamzy, 34, NBC Connecticut reports. Both men were married, and Demonte had two children, with a third on the way. A third officer, 26-year-old Officer Alec Iurato, was seriously injured.

Sgt. Christine Jeltema of the Connecticut State Police said Thursday morning that the officers were called to a possible domestic violence incident involving two brothers, the Hartford Courant reports. She said the suspect's brother was also injured and taken to a hospital, but she didn't disclose his condition. Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont called the incident a "senseless tragedy" and asked residents to keep the injured officer in their prayers. "This is a devastating reminder of the dangers that police officers face every day to protect our families and neighbors from all kinds of situations," he said.

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The shootings happened on a tough day for law enforcement, CNN reports. Hours before the Connecticut shooting, three SWAT officers in Philadelphia were shot and injured while trying to serve a warrant to a homicide suspect. The suspect was killed and the officers are expected to recover, police said. In Innisfil, Ontario, two officers identified as Constable Devon Northrup, 33, and Constable Morgan Russell, 54, were fatally shot after responding to a call about a domestic disturbance on Wednesday, CTV reports. The 23-year-old suspect is also reported to be dead. (More Connecticut stories.)

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