Two police officers were fatally shot and one was seriously injured in a shooting in Bristol late Wednesday night, according to the Connecticut State Police.
Residents reported the sound of multiple gun shots around 11 p.m. in the area of Redstone Hill Road.
The shooting happened after police went to an altercation at Bleachers, a Middle Street bar, according to a source connected to the city. Two Bristol officers and a sergeant drove to a house near Redstone Hill Road and Birch Street about a mile away to talk to someone involved in the dispute, and apparently were ambushed, according to the source.
Gov. Ned Lamont said the officers “were shot and killed in the line of duty late last night while responding to a domestic violence situation involving family at a private residence in Bristol.”
He directed flags to half-staff in honor to honor them.
Connecticut State Police confirmed that personnel were requested to assist the Bristol Police Department with an investigation.
“We ask your thoughts and prayers be with the families, the officer and all those impacted,” state police said in a statement posted on social media.
Lamont called it a senseless tragedy.
“My prayers are with their families, loved ones, and fellow officers,” Lamont said. “I also ask the residents of Connecticut to keep in their prayers a third officer who was shot while responding to this emergency and is currently in the hospital with serious injuries.
“This is a devastating reminder of the dangers that police officers face every day to protect our families and neighbors from all kinds of situations,” he said. “These officers are heroes and will always be remembered for the honorable service they provided to their town and their state.”
Bristol Senator Henri Martin, R- Bristol, said in a statement: “This is heartbreaking.
“Words cannot sum up our sadness and emotions. Our thoughts and prayers are with our Bristol Police Department, their families, and our entire law enforcement community,” Martin said. “We will continue to pray for them all.”
Senate Republican Leader Kevin Kelly said “All of Connecticut is praying for the families, loved ones, Bristol Police Department and the entire Bristol community reeling from this devastating tragedy.
“Sending love and prayers to the injured officer still fighting for their life,” he said. “Our men and women in law enforcement go to work every day ready to serve and protect in every situation. Our hearts are with all who serve as we mourn the loss of these heroes.”
A large police procession with officers from around the state escorted the fallen officers from Bristol Hospital to the Office of the Chief Medical Examiner in Farmington on Thursday morning.
Members of the Connecticut State Police Motor Unit said in a statement, “Devastating news out of Bristol this morning as we learned that two Bristol Connecticut Police Department officers were killed and a third was seriously injured. We are thinking of the members of the Bristol Police Department and the families of the involved officers as they deal with this tragedy.”
The Newtown Police Department stands with our fellow officers in Bristol this morning and mourns their tragic loss. Please keep the Bristol Police Department and the entire community of Bristol in your thoughts and prayers.
Bristol Superintendent of Schools Catherine M. Carbone said in a letter to families, “It is with a heavy heart that we share the news of this morning from Bristol. Three Bristol police officers were shot overnight, two fatally, after responding to a call for assistance.
“As the details of this tragedy emerge, we will stand together in support of each other and our community at large. Over the coming hours and days, we will provide you with updates and additional information as it becomes available,” she said. “We offer our heartfelt thoughts and condolences to the victims’ families and friends and the entire Bristol Police Department during this very difficult time. “
Carbone said the district crisis team will continue to monitor the situation and support all students and staff.
Across the state there also was an outpouring of support from other agencies
South Windsor Police: Devastating news out of Bristol this AM as we’ve learned two police officers were shot and killed and a third was seriously injured. We at the SWPD are thinking of the Bristol Police Department as they deal with this tragedy
The Monroe Police Department: Sends our deepest condolences, thoughts, and prayers to the Bristol Police Department, officers, families, friends, and all who were impacted.
Tolland Ma Police Dept: We are incredibly saddened by the news out of Connecticut this morning. Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the Bristol Police Department and their families as they mourn the unimaginable loss of two police officers, with one more fighting for their life as we speak.
Bob Stefanowski, the Republican candidate for governor, said in a statement: “My thoughts and prayers go out to the surviving officer, the families and loved ones of all three officers, the Bristol Police Department, and law enforcement across our state on this horrible tragedy. The men and women of Connecticut’s law enforcement put their lives on the line every single day to keep the rest of us safe. They deserve every ounce of our support and every ounce of our respect. A tragedy like this reminds us that we need to ensure the safety of our police officers as much as we need to protect the residents they serve.”
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