BRISTOL, Conn. (AP) — Two police officers were fatally shot and a third wounded in Connecticut, state police said Thursday, amid an exceptionally violent week for officers across the country.
The officers were shot in Bristol, about 15 miles (24 kilometers) southwest of Hartford, state police said, and the wounded officer was reported to have “serious injuries.”
The officers who died were from the Bristol Police Department, state police said.
Additional details, including when the officers were shot and the circumstances of the shooting, weren’t immediately released. State police said a news conference would be held as soon as possible.
“We ask your thoughts and prayers be with the families, the officer and all those impacted,” state police said on Twitter.
A neighbor told Hearst Connecticut Media that the gunfire woke her up at about 10:45 p.m. Wednesday.
“It was horrible,” said Robyn Lauzon, who lives around the corner from the shooting site. “I heard three rounds of 9 or 10 gunshots each.”
Lauzon added, “It was scary as hell. And the sirens were crazy. It was like a war zone.”
State police tweeted that a procession would escort the fallen officers from Bristol Hospital to the state medical examiner’s office in Farmington, about 9 miles (14 kilometers) away.
Connecticut Gov. Ned Lamont said he was directing flags in the state to be lowered to half staff in honor of the officers, who he said were killed while responding to a domestic violence call.
“This is a senseless tragedy, and my prayers are with their families, loved ones, and fellow officers,” Lamont said on Twitter.
The officers were shot during an especially violent week for police in the United States. On Tuesday night in Mississippi, Greenville Police Department Detective Myiesha Stewart was killed and several other people were injured by gunfire as she and other officers responded to a call, authorities said.
Early Wednesday, three Philadelphia police officers were shot and wounded at a home and a suspect was killed when a SWAT team tried to arrest the man wanted on a homicide charge, police said. And in Decatur, Illinois, two police officers conducting a traffic stop were shot and wounded early Wednesday by a motorist who died after officers returned fire, police said.