Bodycam shows an injured Connecticut policeman ambushing the suspect

BRISTOL, Connecticut – In agony from a gunshot wound in an ambush that had just killed two comrades, the body camera of a Connecticut police officer shows him limping behind a police cruiser and firing a single bullet at the suspect. Investigators say the blow was fatal.

“Shots fired, shots fired, more cars, send everyone,” said breathless agent Alec Iurato, according to a segment of camera footage released Sunday. It is part of a preliminary report from the State Inspector General’s Office in connection with Wednesday filming in the city of Bristol.

The inspector general’s office said Iurato, the sergeant. Dustin DeMonte and Officer Alex Hamzy went home just before 11pm in response to a call to the emergency services. Authorities say the call was made by Nicholas Brutcher, 35.

They talked to Brutcher’s brother Nathan at a side door and told him to get out of the house. While he did, authorities say Brutcher opened fire on the officers from behind, firing more than 80 rounds.

DeMonte and Hamzy died from multiple gunshots to the head and chest and Iurato was wounded in the leg.

In the camera footage of Iurato’s body, he can be heard breathing heavily and exclaiming in pain as he makes his way around the house.

Anguished screams echo through the residential street, at one point seemingly saying “He’s dead!” It wasn’t clear who was screaming.

When Iurato reaches the police car, a hail of at least two dozen shots rang out.

The cutscene shows Iurato – his face reflected in the cruiser’s window – aiming his service weapon at the vehicle, taking aim and firing once. Someone yells “He’s down,” before Iurato radio reports that the suspect is down.

Brutcher died of a gunshot wound to his neck with spinal cord injuries, authorities said. His brother was also injured that night.

The inspector general said the evidence so far showed that Iurato’s shooting was justified.

Iurato, 26, a member of the department for four years, was discharged from hospital on Thursday.

Authorities are still investigating and have not disclosed the circumstances that led to the 911 call or the opening of the Brutcher fire, although they previously said it appeared that the officers were lured to the scene with the emergency call. Camera footage of the bodies of the two killed officers has not been released and Iurato’s camera segment does not show the ambush.

Demonte, 35, was a 10-year veteran officer. Hamzy, 34, had worked for the department for eight years. Their funeral is expected to take place next week.

Bristol, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of the state capital of Hartford, is home to around 60,000 people and the ESPN sports network.

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