PAGV Co-Chairs Statement

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

October 21, 2022

“In Bristol, CT, and Raleigh, NC there are funerals taking place for victims of senseless gun violence.

“Sgt. Dustin DeMonte and Officer Alex Hamzy  of the Bristol police force were killed and Officer Alec Iurato was wounded in a hail of 80 bullets fired by a man who allegedly lured them to his house with a domestic violence 911 call on October 12.  The shooter was killed by Officer Iurato.

“The following day, a neighborhood in Raleigh was terrorized for hours when a 15-year-old boy walked through it firing a long gun and killing five people, including his 16-year-old brother, and wounding  two others, before he was wounded.  An off-duty police officer, a mother, and a bride to be were among his victims.

“Our condolences to the victims and their families.  

“These horrific acts illustrate the peril that our law enforcement officers face every day, as well as the utterly random violence that more and more Americans can face at any time or place, due to the easy accessibility and proliferation of firearms.”

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PAGV is an independent coalition of approximately 70 prosecutors from diverse jurisdictions throughout the United States, working toward solutions to end gun violence. The group is co-chaired by Bronx District Attorney Darcel D. Clark and Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce Dudley, and brings together prosecutors to discuss policies, legislation, and strategies to help prevent and confront gun violence in their jurisdictions.

To stay up to date with PAGV’s progress, join the mailing list at ProsecutorsAGV.org, and follow PAGV on Facebook and Twitter.

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