Before the tragic ambush, two Connecticut police officers were enticed into a bogus domestic incident: 'They responded without hesitation.'
After responding to a false domestic situation in Bristol late Wednesday, two Connecticut police officers were slain and a third is struggling for his life.
Officers Dustin DeMonte, 35, Alex Hamzy, 34, and Alec Iurato, 26, were ambushed by suspect Nicholas Brutcher, 35, while responding to his plea for assistance on Redstone Hill Road in Bristol at 10:30 p.m.
When the suspect and his 32-year-old brother Nathan Brutcher arrived, they opened fire on the cops with an AR-15, killing officers DeMonte and Hamzy.
The surviving officer received major bullet wounds, underwent surgery, and is still in the hospital.
"They responded without hesitation to a call to duty, like they had done every night before," Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould said.
"And that is what all of our officers do and will continue to do on a daily basis."
In the encounter, both suspects were shot; Nicholas Brutcher, who was firing at the cops, was declared dead at the site.
"This is a heartbreaking reminder of the hazards that police officers confront every day while attempting to protect our families and neighbors from a variety of scenarios," Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said.