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Patrolman Michael Raymond Hutchison | Mansfield Police Department, Ohio Mansfield Police Department, Ohio

Patrolman

Michael Raymond Hutchison

Mansfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch: Friday, February 6, 1976

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 3 years

Badge # Not available

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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Patrolman Hutchison was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a grocery store where a man was attempting to cash a check stolen the day before during a purse snatching. When they arrived at the store the man ran from the building with Patrolman Hutchison in pursuit. When he caught up to the man he was shot in the arm and knocked down. As he was on the ground the man shot him again in the side. The suspect also shot and wounded Patrolman Hutchison's partner before stealing both of their weapons. The suspect and two accomplices were apprehended a short time later.

The gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to death May 27, 1976. In 1978 his sentence was commuted to life. In October of 2010 he was denied parole for the 4th time. His next parole hearing is in October, 2015.

Patrolman Hutchison had been with the agency for three years and was survived by his wife.

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I was on duty that day when call came. A bad check was the issue. It ended with two officers shot. Hutch didn't make it. I had to gather his family and get them to MGH. That was long time ago. I still shed tears thinking about it. Last week was the police memorial here in the Fort Lauderdale area where I retired after another 12 years in law enforcement. I was a guest speaker. My story ended after remembering Hutch and tears welled and could not speak. All these years and it seemed like just yesterday.

Jim Notarianni
Mansfield PD/Lauderhill Florida Code
May 20, 2016

 

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