Travis County Sheriff’s Off Duty Sergeant killed in suspected burglary
At 1:22 a.m. Monday, July 25, Travis County Sheriff’s Office dispatch received radio communication from Sgt. Craig Hutchinson, who had gone off duty moments earlier. Hutchinson notified them he had prowlers in his yard in the 2000 block of Oak Meadow Drive and requested they send Round Rock Police to assist him.
At 1:36 a.m., officers found Sgt. Hutchinson near a creek behind his back yard with a gunshot wound. Hutchison, known to the Travis County Sheriff’s family as “Hutch,” was immediately transported to St. David’s Round Rock Medical Center, where he was pronounced deceased.
A joint investigation between Round Rock Police and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office is under way. 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 tip line at 512-671-2767.
Sgt. Hutchinson has been with the Sheriff’s Office for 32 years, and was set to retire in September. In his press conference this morning, Sheriff Greg Hamilton described Hutchinson as a “gentle bear,” who stood about 6 feet, 4 inches tall and weighed 270 pounds.
Round Rock Police is the lead agency handling the investigation.
Round Rock Mayor Alan McGraw issued the following statement on Monday afternoon:
“To lose any resident, and especially one who dedicated his life to protecting others, is heartbreaking. On behalf of the City Council and staff of the City of Round Rock, we offer our deepest condolences to the family, friends and co-workers of Sgt. Craig Hutchinson. You are in our thoughts and prayers.”
The City will illuminate the Prete Main Street Plaza in blue lights tonight in remembrance of Sgt. Hutchinson.
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