Medical examiner: 2 officers died from multiple gunshots

The Connecticut medical examiner's office says two Bristol police officers who were killed in an apparent ambush both died from multiple gunshots to their heads and torsos

Dave Collins
Friday 14 October 2022 21:16 BST
Officers Shot Connecticut
Officers Shot Connecticut

Two Connecticut police officers who were killed in an apparent ambush both died of multiple gunshots to their heads and torsos, the state chief medical examiner's office said Friday as law enforcement officials remained tightlipped about the shooting.

The two Bristol officers, Sgt. Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Hamzy, were gunned down Wednesday night outside a home where they responded to a 911 call about possible domestic violence that authorities said appeared to be a “deliberate act” to lure police there. A third officer, Alec Iurato, was also hit by gunfire but survived.

On Friday afternoon, a procession was planned to bring Demonte's body to a funeral home in his hometown of North Haven, where he lived with his pregnant wife and two children.

The suspected shooter, Nicholas Brutcher, 35, also was shot dead at the scene, and his brother, Nathan Brutcher, was wounded. The chief medical examiner's office said an autopsy on Nicholas Brutcher was planned for Friday afternoon. Information on Nathan Brutcher's condition was not available.

Law enforcement officials, meanwhile, released no new information about the shooting Friday.

Here is what is known, and not known, about Wednesday night's shooting:


While authorities say Nicholas Brutcher shot the three officers, it remains unclear who shot Brutcher and his brother.

On Friday, state police referred questions to the state inspector general's office, which is overseeing the investigation by state police. The inspector general's office released no new information, and a spokesperson did not return messages Friday.

Several other officials did not return messages, including a spokesperson for Bristol police and Bristol Mayor Jeffrey Caggiano.

Witnesses said they heard around 30 gunshots and smoke from the shots filled the air.


Law enforcement officials also have not released any information on the events that preceded the killings or a motive.


Police officials said all three officers were respected and had received commendations.

Demonte, 35, was a 10-year veteran officer and co-recipient of his department’s 2019 Officer of the Year award. His wife is expecting their third child.

Hamzy, 34, worked eight years for his hometown police force. Like Demonte, he was an advisor to a police cadet program.

Iurato, 26, joined the Bristol department in 2018 and has a bachelor’s degree in government, law and national security. He was released from a hospital Thursday morning.


Nicholas Brutcher was a divorced father of two and a gun, hunting and fishing enthusiast, according to his social media pages.

In a photo posted on both brothers' Facebook pages in 2016, Nicholas Brutcher is pointing a handgun at the camera while others including Nathan Brutcher are holding rifles.

Other photos show Nicholas Brutcher with a 10-point deer he shot and with fish he caught.

Online state court records list no pending criminal cases or convictions for either brother.


What is expected to be an intensive investigation by state police is underway and no timetable has been set for the release of any information. Inspector General Robert Devlin is expected to issue a report at some point.

Funeral services for Demonte and Hamzy are expected within the coming week or so and are expected to draw scores of police officers.

Funeral plans for Nicholas Brutcher are unknown.

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