in agony because of a gunshot wound from an ambushThe body camera of two accomplices, a Connecticut police officer, shows him hobbling behind a police cruiser and firing a bullet at the suspect. Investigators say the bullet was fatal.
According to a segment of body camera footage released on Sunday, a breathless officer Alec Urato said, “Firing, shots fired, more cars, send everyone.” This is part of a preliminary report from the state inspector general’s office regarding Wednesday’s shootings in the city of Bristol.
The inspector general’s office said the evidence so far showed that the shooting at Ureto was justified.
Yuretto, Sgt. The inspector general’s office said Dustin DeMonte and Officer Alex Hamzy went home in response to a 911 call shortly before 11 p.m. Officials say the call was made by 35-year-old Nicolas Brucher.
He spoke to Bracher’s brother Nathan at the next door and asked him to leave the house. As he did, officers say Nicolas Brucher fired back at the officers, shooting more than 80 rounds.
DeMonte and Hamzy died from multiple gunshots to their heads and torso, and Iurato was wounded in the leg.
In body camera footage of Iurato, he can be heard breathing heavily and screaming in pain as he makes his way around the house.
Victim screams echo through the residential street, at one point clearly saying “He’s dead!” It was not clear who was shouting.
As Iurato approaches the police cruiser, at least two dozen gunshots are heard.
The footage shows Urato – his face reflected in the cruiser’s window – as he straps his service weapon to the vehicle, takes aim and fires once. Someone yells “he’s down,” before Iurato radios that the suspect is down.
Officials said Bracher died of a bullet wound to the neck with a spinal cord injury. That night his brother Nathan was also injured.
Urato, 26, a four-year-old member of the department, was discharged from hospital on Thursday.
Officials are still investigating, and have not disclosed the circumstances that led to the 911 call, or what led to the fire, although he previously said it looked like officers were rushed to the scene with an emergency call. was.
Body camera footage of the two officers killed has not been released, and the section on Iurato’s camera does not show the ambush.
Dimonte, 35, was a 10-year veteran officer. Hamji, 34, had worked for the department for eight years. His funeral is expected in the coming week.
Bristol, about 15 miles southwest of the state capital Hartford, is home to about 60,000 people and sports network ESPN.