Two police officers were killed and another was seriously wounded in an officer-involved shooting in Bristol, Connecticut late Wednesday night, Connecticut State Police announced.
Authorities have yet to release details of the incident, but all three officers were members of the Bristol Police Department. Local media say the shooting occurred in a residential area late Wednesday night. State Police responded to the scene after reports of a police shooting at roughly 11 p.m.
Democratic Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont ordered the U.S. and state flags to be lowered across the state Thursday morning. Police will soon hold a press conference regarding the incident.
“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. These officers are heroes and will always be remembered for the honorable service they provided to their town and their state,” Lamont said in a statement. “
“This continues to be an active situation, and I’ve directed DESPP Commissioner James Rovella and the Connecticut State Police to support the Bristol Police Department and greater community in every way they can,” he added.
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State police asked for prayers for the families of the fallen officers and for the officer who has been hospitalized.
At least one witness of the incident reported hearing two long bursts of gunfire before state police responded to the area.
“We just, like, hearing the gunshots like ‘pop pop pop pop pop pop’ up and stop, and then stop for maybe 30 seconds and then another round ‘pop pop pop pop pop’ and then it just stopped. And then [we] started hearing sirens and everything else,” Ted Krawiec, an eyewitness, told Channel 3.
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