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Travis County sergeant killed in home burglary

An Austin Police Department vehicle Jan. 17.
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Update 5:41 p.m.: Hector Gomez, Supervisory Deputy for the Lonestar Fugitive Task Force has confirmed via email that the U.S. Marshals are offering a reward for information.

“Yes, I can confirm that the USMS is offering a Reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the identity and arrest of the suspect or suspects involved in the death of Sgt. Craig Hutchinson,” Gomez said.

A Travis County sergeant was shot and killed during a burglary at his Round Rock home Monday morning.

Craig Hutchinson, a 32-year-old veteran who was planning to retire in September, was shot after confronting burglars in his backyard. The shooting occurred around 1:30 a.m. Monday near McNeil Road and East Messick Loop.

Travis County Sheriff’s Office reported that dispatch received a call from Hutchinson at 1:22 a.m., saying there were people in his backyard and asking for assistance from Round Rock police. Police officers responded and found Hutchinson around 1:35 a.m. behind his backyard with a gunshot wound.

Hutchinson was transported to Round Rock Medical Center, where he died.

Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton said Hutchinson, who was known as “Hutch” around the sheriff’s office, was loved by everyone.

“He was a gentle bear and he taught me everything I know,” Hamilton said. “He was my field training officer, and I loved that guy to death.”

Both the Round Rock Police Department and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office are investigating the shooting.

“At this time I just ask individuals to pray for the family and pray for this community and pray for this country,” said Hamilton. “We are in a country that’s morally bankrupt, value depleted. And it’s going to take all of us to come together to address this particular issue.”

There is no suggestion the shooting was an ambush, Hamilton said. While no arrests have been made authorities are seeking multiple suspects according to a briefing by sheriff’s office.