Police in Travis County, Texas are searching for the suspects involved in an early morning shooting that claimed the life of a beloved sheriff’s deputy.
Sgt. Craig Hutchinson called to report people in his Round Rock backyard early this morning. He had reportedly used his police radio to call for help just before 130 am.
The 32-year law enforcement vet was set to retire in Sept, according to Fox 7.
Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton said, “This guy was a big teddy bear, everybody loved him…He was a gentle bear and he taught me everything I know. I loved that guy to death.”
The sheriff said it doesn’t appear that this was an ambush situation, but rather it was more likely that Hutchinson was the target of burglars, who were trying to steal from his shed.
FBI and Texas Rangers, along with several local law enforcement agencies, were on the scene of the fatal shooting.
Departments from surrounding areas took to Twitter to offer their condolences:
“Please keep our Travis County Sheriff’s family in your thoughts and prayers. Sad, troubling time we live in. Austin police stands with our friends,” Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo tweeted.
Police briefly shut down portions of Interstate 35, as a motorcade transported Sgt. Hutchinson’s body to the Medical Examiner’s Office in Austin.
Two suspects are still at large. Anyone with information is being asked to call 512-671-2767.
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