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2 police officers killed, 1 seriously injured in Connecticut shooting

Two US police officers were shot in Bristol, Connecticut while responding to a domestic violence call.

Two US police officers were killed and a third officer suffered serious injuries after a shooting on Wednesday night in Bristol, Connecticut, according to reports.

The suspect in the deadly shooting was also killed, US media reported on Thursday.

Connecticut State Police Sgt. Christine Jeltema said in a press conference Thursday morning the officers had responded to a 911 call around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday in Bristol, about 20 miles southwest of Hartford, for an incident between two siblings.

When the officers arrived they were fired upon by the suspect outside the location.

“When officers arrived, they were immediately met with the suspect outside of 310 Redstone Hill Road. Shots were fired, fatally wounding one officer on the scene. Two other officers were transported to area hospitals. A second officer was pronounced deceased, and a third officer sustained serious injuries,” Connecticut State Police Sgt. Christine Jeltema said.

Police said the suspect who opened fire was fatally shot and pronounced dead at the scene. The suspect’s brother was also shot and rushed to a hospital for treatment, where his condition is unknown.

One officer was shot dead at the scene and two others were hospitalized. A second officer was pronounced dead and a third was seriously injured.

Bristol police Chief Brian Gould identified the dead officers as Sgt. Dustin Demonte, 35, and Officer Alex Hamzy, 34. Officer Alec Iurato, 26, suffered a severe gunshot wound, and is in critical condition.

“Words cannot express the sadness and grief that brings me before you his morning,” Gould said at the press conference, denouncing the deaths as “the result of senseless violence.”

Jeltema said, “This is an isolated innocent and we want the community to know there is no threat to the community.”  

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