We Have Lost a Friend: Sgt. Craig Hutchinson, Travis County (TX) Sheriff's Office

Sergeant Craig Hutchinson was killed, July 26, 2014, as he returned home from his shift. According to media reports, he observed subjects removing items from his backyard shed and radioed for backup. Minutes later they discovered Sgt. Hutchinson with a gunshot wound. He was transported to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

We had the privilege to spend time with Sgt. Hutchinson at the TCSO Training Academy through our association with the agency's Citizens Academy, as a student in some of his classes and as a role player in training scenarios for prospective patrol deputies, as well as Street Survival training.

He was a living example of what a community should hope for from it's law enforcement officers. His leadership has touched nearly everyone at TCSO and has contributed to the respect the agency holds in the community.

Each of us have several fondly remembered "Hutch" stories and a part of him will live on in our hearts.

We extend our condolences to his family, coworkers and friends.

TCSO Sergeant Killed in Suspected Burglary
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At 1:22 am TCSO dispatch received radio communication from Sergeant Craig Hutchinson, who had gone off duty moments earlier. Hutchinson notified them that he had prowlers in his yard in the 2000 block of Oak Meadow Drive and requested they send Round Rock Police Department to assist him. [He placed himself back on duty at that point, according to a statement from the Sheriffs Office. --ED]

At 1:36 am, officers found Sergeant Hutchinson near a creek behind his back yard with a gunshot wound. Hutchison, known to the TCSO family as “Hutch”, was immediately transported to Round Rock Hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

A joint investigation between Round Rock Police Department and Travis County Sheriff’s Office is underway. Help is needed from the public in identifying and locating the suspects involved in the crime. Anyone with information is asked to call the Round Rock Police Department tip line at
512-671-2767.

Sergeant Hutchinson has been with TCSO for 32 years and was set to retire in September 2016. In his press conference this morning, Sheriff Hamilton described Hutchinson as a “Gentle Bear” who stood about 6’4” and weighed 270 lbs.

Round Rock Police Department is the lead agency handling the investigation. Media may contact Travis County Sheriff’s Office for information regarding Sergeant Hutchinson.

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Submitted By: Kristen Dark, Sheriff’s Office Spokesperson, (512) 318-5669
Angelique Myers, Public Information Officer, RRPD (512) 470-4262

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