Sergeant Craig Hutchison Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas End of Watch: Monday, July 25, 2016

Sergeant Craig Hutchison | Travis County Sheriff's Office, TexasTravis County Sheriff's Office, Texas

Sergeant Craig Hutchison

Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Texas
End of Watch: Monday, July 25, 2016

Biographical Info

Age: 54
Tour of Duty: 32 years
Badge Number: Not available

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 25, 2016
Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect Info: At large

Agency Contact Information

Sheriff Greg Hamilton
Travis County Sheriff’s Office
509 West 11th Street
Austin, TX 78701
Phone: (512) 854-9770

Sergeant Craig Hutchison was shot and killed when he interrupted a burglary in progress as he arrived home, in Round Rock, at the end of his shift at approximately 1:20 am.
Sergeant Hutchison, who was still in uniform, contacted dispatchers via radio and reported that several subjects were running out of his backyard. Responding deputies located Deputy Hutchison suffering from fatal gunshots in the yard as they arrived approximately 10 minutes later.
The subjects fled the area and remain at large.
Sergeant Hutchison had served with the Travis County Sheriff’s Office for 32 years and was scheduled to retire in two months. He is survived by his wife.

 

A Texas sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed at his home north of Austin before dawn on Monday in what authorities said appeared to be an attempted robbery.

Sgt. Craig Hutchinson of the Travis County Sheriff’s Office used his police radio around 1:30 a.m. to report people in his backyard. Investigators arriving moments later found Hutchinson lying on the ground in his backyard in Round Rock, about 15 miles from Austin.

He was pronounced dead at a hospital.

Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton said at a news conference that no arrests have been made but that authorities are seeking multiple suspects. He said there was evidence that the incident was an attempted robbery of Hutchinson’s backyard shed, rather than someone targeting a law enforcement officer.

Please keep our @TravisCoSheriff family in your thoughts & prayers. Sad, troubling times we live in. @Austin_Police stands with our friends.

— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) July 25, 2016

Tensions remain high following the fatal shooting earlier this month of five police officers in Dallas and the ambush and killing of three law enforcement officers in Louisiana.

"There’s no suggestion that this was an ambush," Hamilton said. "I heard that there’s a lot of burglaries going on in this community, and I think this was just one of the burglaries."

He said investigators believed items were taken from Hutchinson’s shed and that the officer may have "seen individuals in the shed, and I think that’s where the confrontation occurred."

Hutchinson was a 32-year veteran who had planned to retire in September. Hamilton said Hutchison served as his field training officer and "taught me everything I know."

"This is near and dear to me," Hamilton said. "This guy was a big teddy bear and everyone loved him."

The block where the shooting occurred remained ringed with yellow tape — and red tape surrounded Hutchison’s home down the street — for hours after the shooting. Investigators could be seen working in the area around the home.

Police briefly closed portions of Interstate 35 heading into Austin as a long procession of police cars accompanied Hutchinson’s body to the medical examiner’s office.

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