Wedding Photographer

Who is the suspect in the Bristol shooting

FOX61 spoke exclusively to a high school classmate of Nick Brutcher who says he was a bully

BRISTOL, Conn. — FOX61 has uncovered new information about suspected Bristol shooter Nick Brutcher. The story jumped from the pages of the 04′-05′ Bristol Central High School yearbook which we obtained from the Bristol Public Library.

Nick Brutcher, Aaron Hernandez and Alex Ryng were pictured side by side. They all played on the same football team, but they also have something else in common. They are all accused murderers.

“There’s a big leap from high school bully to murderer,” said a classmate of Nick Brutcher, who wished to remain anonymous. “He always looked like that classic high school bully… You could just tell from Nick back then that he was just a bully or at least wanted to pass himself off as a badass.”

RELATED: Law enforcement experts call surviving Bristol cop a hero

Alex Ryng was found in the yearbook described as the “class blush”. Ryng killed his wife in 2014 at their Bristol home before turning the gun on himself.

NFL superstar Aaron Hernandez was convicted of murdering Odin Lloyd before killing himself while serving a life sentence. The high-profile murder has raised questions about the brain damage he suffered as a result of his life as a footballer. “I don’t know if they would study Nick’s brain. I’m sure it wouldn’t hurt to see what kind of brain damage he had. You just don’t know how it changes someone’s personality and actions in the future. It’s sad.”

Sign up for FOX61 newsletters: Morning forecast, morning headlines, evening headlines

Brutcher – who allegedly killed two Bristol police officers with a high-powered rifle in an ambush-style attack worked at New England Liner Solutions in Southington. Brutcher was the father of two young girls. He is seen in a social media video cooking happy meals for his daughters at a McDonald’s drive-thru, poking fun at the gender-neutral movement.

“Do you want a boy’s toy or a girl’s toy?” Cancel McDonald’s,” Brutcher said sarcastically.

Numerous Facebook photos of Brutcher show him holding guns, including a photo from his own wedding where he points a gun at the photographer.

RELATED: Bristol Public Schools Schools to Close Friday for Funerals of Fallen Officers

According to court documents, Brutcher was divorced and in debt. He was ordered to seize his salary to repay his creditors.

Back on the football pitch, Nick Brutcher played defensive tackle. His younger brother Nathan was also shot the night of the murders, also played football.

FOX61 has contacted Bristol Public Schools for a comment on this unique sports connection, but as of news time, we have not heard back.

Matt Caron is a reporter at FOX61 News. He can be reached at [email protected]. Follow him on Facebook, Twitter and instagram.

Do you have a story idea or something in mind that you want to share? We want to hear from you! Email us at [email protected]

HERE ARE MORE WAYS TO GET FOX61 NEWS

Download the FOX61 News app

iTunes: Click here to download

Google Play: Click here to download

Stream live on ROKU: Add the channel from the ROKU store or by searching FOX61.

Steam live on TV FIRE: Search ‘FOX61’ and click ‘Get’ to download.