Sergeant Christopher Kelley
Hutto Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Wednesday, June 24, 2015
Tour of Duty: 11 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Vehicular assault
Date of Incident: June 24, 2015
Weapon Used: Automobile
Suspect Info: Arrested
Agency Contact Information
Chief Earl Morrison
Hutto Police Department
401 W. Front Street
Hutto, TX 78634
Phone: (512) 759-5978
Sergeant Christopher Kelley was struck and killed by a subject who had just stolen a patrol car following a struggle as officers attempted to arrest him.
Detectives and officers were attempting to serve a warrant and located him on Herrera Trail at approximately 10:00 am. The subject began to struggle with them, broke free, and then get into the vehicle and drive away. He struck Sergeant Kelley and dragged him a short distance as he continued to flee.
The subject was arrested a short time later.
Sergeant Kelley was a U.S. Air Force veteran and had served with the Hutto Police Department for 11 years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.
HUTTO, Texas (KXAN) — Hutto Police Sgt. Chris Kelley, 37, was killed Wednesday in the line of duty.
Kelley was a technical sergeant in the United States Air Force and served on active duty until 2004, Karen Daly, Hutto City Manager said.
“His quick wit always left a smile on our faces,” Daly said. “Everyone respected [Kelley] so much. He got loyalty from every one of his officers.”
Kelley had wife and two children under the age of 10, Daly said. He served on Hutto’s police force since July 2008 was promoted to sergeant in 2012. Kelley served as the City’s criminal investigation sergeant.
“He was just one of those individuals that was going places,” said Daly. “He served his country, he served his community, he loved his family.”
Kelley held an intermediate peace officer license through the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Standards and Education. He also held a special investigator certification; he was a law enforcement physical fitness instructor and a certified field-sobriety practitioner. Kelley was also in charge of handing the registration of sex offenders within the city limits, according the city government’s website.
Kelley previously worked as a University of Texas System police officer, Travis County jailer and Texas Department of Public Safety telecommunications operator, according to a Texas Commission on Law Enforcement report.
“He came to us as a well-rounded, mature officer,” said Lt. Don Verette with UTPD, “Just the kind of officer you’d like to be able to supervise and have working for us. He was very well-respected.”