Police: 2 officers killed in Connecticut shooting were ambushed
BRISTOL, CT (WGGB/WSHM) - The community of Bristol, CT is mourning the loss of two fallen police officers who were killed and a third who is recovering from a gunshot injury late Wednesday night.
Community members have been outside the Bristol Police Department all day to pay their respects to the men who laid their lives on the line and paid the ultimate sacrifice last night.
“I don’t know what to tell you, but this is unbelievable, it’s heartbreaking. This is our life, this town is our life,” said Ron Geneau of Bristol, CT.
Bristol residents are devastated and shocked following the news that two of the city’s police officers were shot and killed Wednesday night while responding to a call.
“They are the most professional, respected honorable department that I’ve ever had an interaction with and this is a great loss for all of us,” said Robin Fisher of Bristol, CT.
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Connecticut State Police said Thursday that they believe the officers were lured to a home around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday after receiving a fake call from the suspect for a domestic violence dispute between himself and his brother. That’s where investigators said the officers were ambushed and shot. One officer died on scene, while another died at the hospital.
The two officers who lost their lives are 35-year-old Sergeant Dustin DeMonte, who leaves behind his wife, two children, and a third child on the way, and 34-year-old Alex Hamzy, who leaves behind his wife. Western Mass News spoke with those who knew Hamzy and talked about the legacy that he leaves behind in Bristol.
“Just always smiling, he had a great personality. I just remember him so well because he was such a great person so happy. He was just amazing,” said Angela Provenzano, a high school classmate of Hamzy.
“He was a great guy. He had a super good heart. He would give you the shirt off his back and he didn’t deserve any of this. It’s so crazy,” said Kayla, a former coworker of Hamzy.
A third police officer, 26-year-old Alec Iurato, was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford for serious gunshot wounds. He was discharged Thursday in an emotional scene as he was greeted with a hero’s welcome.
Now, the community is rallying together and moving forward in spite of a horrific tragedy.
“You can’t get no closer than Bristol, Connecticut. This community is close, it is very close,” Geneau added.
“I want the families to know how much we care about them, how much they mean to us, and this isn’t going to be forgotten,” Fisher noted.
The suspect was shot by police and died on scene.
Western Mass News will continue to follow this story and will have more information as it becomes available.
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