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Connecticut cop slayer played high school football with killer ex-Patriot Aaron Hernandez


The man Connecticut police say murdered two patrol police officers and critically injured a third in a “deliberate act” in Bristol earlier this week was a high school football teammate of former Patriots player and convicted murderer Aaron Hernandez.

The 2004 roster for Bristol Central High School’s football roster, first reported by the New York Post, shows tight end and defensive end Aaron Hernandez at number 15 and 240-pound 6-foot-2 senior defensive tackle Nicholas Brutcher — the man accused of gunning down Bristol police officers late Wednesday night before he was killed in return fire — at number 56.

Bristol police responded to a call for “a possible domestic violence incident between two siblings” in the 300-Block of Redstone Hill Road at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday night where they encountered Brutcher, 35, who shot at officers, killing two and wounding another, according to a statement by the Connecticut State Police.

“I heard a whole war going on behind me,” neighbor Danny Rodriguez told the AP. “It was so loud and crazy.”

But the State Police think that the incident that killed Officer Alex Hamzy, an officer for eight years, and Sgt. Dustin Demonte, who had served for more than 10 years, may have been a setup, as their preliminary investigation “appears to point to the 911 call being a deliberate act to lure law enforcement to the scene,” according to the agency’s statement.

Officer Alex Hamzy died at the scene from gunshots and Sgt. Dustin DeMonte was pronounced dead soon after while being treated at Bristol Hospital. A third officer, Alec Iurato, 26, was seriously wounded and treated at St. Francis Hospital but has since been released.

Brutcher was pronounced dead at the scene and his brother, Nathan Brutcher, 32, was also shot and was transported to St. Francis for treatment, according to the release.

Brutcher family photos obtained by the Post show the giant Brutcher was a gun enthusiast, with one black and white photo from a wedding showing him with a wide grin as he points a pistol directly into the camera.

Murders bookended the season when Hernandez helped lead the Patriots to Super Bowl XLVI in 2012.

He was charged with, but then acquitted of, murdering Daniel de Abreu and Safiro Furtado in the South End in July of that year.

The next year he was convicted for the July 17, 2013 murder of his friend Odin Lloyd. Lloyd’s body was left in a North Attleboro industrial park and “riddled with six bullet holes,” the Herald reported on the day of his conviction.

Hernandez hanged himself with a bedsheet attached to the window of his single-person cell at the Souza-Baranowski Correctional Center in Lancaster on April 19, 2017. His body was found with the inscription “John 3:16” written in ink on his forehead.

“Losing a member of your law enforcement family is a heartbreaking tragedy,” said Conn. State Police Col. Stavros Mellekas in a Friday statement “The Connecticut State Police offers sincerest condolences to our brothers and sisters at the Bristol Police Department as they cope with the inconceivable grief of losing two officers in the line of duty.”


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