Bristol, Conn., police ambush suspect was Facebook friends with officer he is accused of killing

The suspect in the Connecticut ambush that left two Bristol police officers dead was friends on Facebook with one of the victims.

Nicholas Brutcher’s list of friends on the social media platform includes fallen officer Alex Hamzy, who appeared to follow Alex Yzmah on Facebook.

Hamzy, 34, was killed in the line of duty on Wednesday evening.

Bristol Police Chief Brian Gould said at a news conference that Hamzy, who grew up in the city, graduated from Bristol Eastern High School in 2006.

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Nicholas Brutcher's Facebook page shows he was Facebook friends with Officer Alex Hamzy, who appeared to follow Alex Yzmah on the platform.

Nicholas Brutcher’s Facebook page shows he was Facebook friends with Officer Alex Hamzy, who appeared to follow Alex Yzmah on the platform.
(Facebook/Nick Brutcher)

According to police, a preliminary investigation said Hamzy, Sgt. Dustin Demonte and Officer Alex Iurato responded to a 911 call reporting a possible domestic violence incident between Nicholas Brutcher and his brother Nathaniel.

Officer Alex Hamzy was an eight-year veteran of the Bristol, Connecticut, police force.

Officer Alex Hamzy was an eight-year veteran of the Bristol, Connecticut, police force.
(Connecticut State Police)

Authorities believe the call was a deliberate act to lure law enforcement to the scene.

Officers were immediately confronted by a suspect upon arrival at the property and shots were fired.

Hamzy died at the scene and Demote, 35, was taken to Bristol Hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Nicholas Brutcher, shown with a gun

Nicholas Brutcher, shown with a gun
(Facebook/Nicholas Brutcher)

Iurato, 26, was transported to St. Francis Hospital in Hartford for surgery for a gunshot wound.

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Iurato was released from the hospital Thursday morning.

Sgt.  Dustin Demonte served for more than 10 years.

Sgt. Dustin Demonte served for more than 10 years.
(Connecticut State Police)

Brutcher was also shot and pronounced dead at the scene.

His brother Nathaniel was wounded and transported to St. Francis for treatment.

According to NBC Connecticut, Hamzy was described by former high school classmates as kind-hearted.

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“He was really great, he was kind and warm-hearted, he was always funny and enthusiastic,” Allyson Jones told the newspaper.

The eight-year veteran of the force is survived by his wife, Katie, his parents and two sisters.

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