Patrolman Michael Raymond Hutchison

Patrolman Michael Raymond Hutchison

Mansfield Police Department, Ohio

End of Watch Friday, February 6, 1976

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Michael Raymond Hutchison

Patrolman Michael Hutchison was shot and killed when he and his partner responded to a grocery store where a man attempted to cash a check stolen the day before during a purse snatching.

When they arrived at the T and A Market at 660 South Diamond Street in Mansfield at 4:15 p.m., the subject ran from the building with Patrolman Hutchison in pursuit. When Patrolman Hutchison 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 32-year-old gunman was convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to death on May 27, 1976. In 1978, his sentence was commuted to life. In October 2010, he was denied parole for the 4th time. He was denied parole again in October 2015 and 2022. His next parole hearing date is December 2027.

Patrolman Hutchison had served with the Mansfield Police Department for three years. He was survived by his wife, son, daughter, parents, and a brother who served with the Ohio State Highway Patrol.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 3 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

robbery, robbery attempt

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NEVER FORGET! Please help me honor the dedicated service and ultimate sacrifice of Patrolman Michael Raymond Hutchison of the Mansfield Police Department, Ohio and the additional 64 American Peace Officers who have paid the ultimate sacrifice on this date in history.

Superintendent Joe Morbitzer (Retired)
Ohio Attorney General, Bureau of Criminal Investigation

February 6, 2024

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