By Sandy Malone and Holly Matkin
Bristol, CT – The Connecticut Inspector General released bodycam video on Sunday from the ambush of three Bristol police officers who were lured to a home for a reported domestic disturbance (video below).
Law enforcement sources told NBC News that 35-year-old Nicholas Brutcher was ejected from a bar and cited by police for disorderly conduct earlier on the evening of Oct. 12.
The he went home, grabbed an AR-15-style rifle, and made a fake call reporting a domestic violence incident to lure officers to the home.
“Preliminary information appears to point to the 911 call being a deliberate act to lure law enforcement to the scene,” Connecticut State Police said in a statement to NBC News on Wednesday.
The inspector general’s office said that Bristol Police Officers Alec Iurato and Alex Hamzy and Sergeant Dustin DeMonte responded to the residence shortly before 11 p.m., CBS News reported.
The officers spoke to Nicholas Brutcher’s brother at the side door, and when they told Nathan Brutcher to step outside, Nicholas Brutcher opened fire on them from behind.
The inspector general’s office said that Nicholas Brutcher fired more than 80 rounds at the officers, CBS News reported.
Officer Hamzy, an eight-year veteran of the Bristol police force, died immediately at the scene from multiple gunshot wounds to his head and torso, NBC News reported.
Sgt. DeMonte succumbed to gunshot wounds to his head, torso, and an extremity at Bristol Hospital.
The sergeant had served on the police department for 10 years, NBC News reported.
Officer Iurato was wounded in the leg but remained conscious and mobile.
Bodycam video showed the wounded officer breathing hard and limping as he moved to get cover behind a patrol vehicle.
“Shots fired, shots fired, more cars, send everyone,” he told the dispatcher in the video.
The video showed that as Officer Iurato got to cover, another two dozen shots rang out, according to CBS News.
Bodycam video showed the brave officer’s face reflected in the police car’s window as he braced his gun on the car.
The wounded 26-year-old Officer Iurato took aim and fired one shot, the video showed.
Someone off camera yelled “He’s down!” and then the officer told the dispatcher that the suspect was down.
“One down,” Officer Iurato said over his radio as walked over to the downed suspect and lit him up with a flashlight. “Suspect down.”
Police officials said Nicholas Brutcher died from a gunshot wound to the neck that severed his spinal cord, CBS News reported.
His brother was also wounded during his rampage.
The inspector general’s office said that the investigation has so far shown that Officer Iurato was justified in using deadly force on Nicholas Brutcher, CBS News reported.
Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould said Officer Iurato had undergone surgery and been released from the hospital to recuperate at home.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: