Police Chief Allen Banks statement on death investigation of Sgt. Craig Hutchinson

Analysis shows bullet that killed Hutchinson came from his own weapon

Round Rock Police Chief Allen Banks issued the following statement at a news conference on Wednesday, Aug. 3.

I would like to express my condolences to the Hutchinson family and the Travis County Sheriff’s Office family who both continue to struggle with the loss of Sgt. Hutchinson. Our entire community continues to mourn over this tragic incident, and I know that – just as we are seeking answers – you all are too. The outpouring of support from our community has been tremendous and we thank you for that. The entire law enforcement community in this area can see and feel the support from our fellow citizens.

We’re here today to provide you with an update on the multi-jurisdictional investigation into the death of Travis County Sergeant Craig Hutchinson. Since the early morning hours of Monday, July 25, the Round Rock Police Department and several other agencies have worked around-the-clock to determine the details leading up to the death of Sgt. Hutchinson. We appreciate our local, state and federal law enforcement partners who continue to assist us on this case and provide the resources and workforce necessary to conduct a thorough investigation, including the Travis County Sheriff’s Office, Austin Police Department, Texas Department of Public Safety (including the Texas Rangers), FBI, U.S. Marshals Service, Lone Star Fugitive Task Force, Texas Attorney General’s Office, Travis County District Attorney’s Office, Williamson County District Attorney’s Office and the ATF.

We have processed more than 150 pieces of evidence, canvased 233 homes in the neighborhood, and followed up on or investigated 117 tips with supporting agencies, as well as 26 of our own Criminal Investigation Detectives, who are working this case. We are still gathering the facts in this case to determine what led to Sgt. Hutchinson’s death, including the possibility of a homicide or that it was self-inflicted.

Analysis of the projectile recovered indicates that the projectile came from Sgt. Hutchinson’s weapon, which was recovered from the scene. Numerous items of evidence have been sent to DPS for forensic analysis, DNA or latent analysis. Digital evidence from video surveillance from residences and businesses are under review as well. At this point in the investigation, we have not identified a particular suspect. However, if anyone has any information related to the case, you are urged to contact the tip line at 512-671-2767.

I assure you that this multi-jurisdictional team will continue to thoroughly investigate this incident, follow up on all leads and investigate all tips we receive to determine the facts pertaining to the death of Sgt. Craig Hutchinson.

I’d like to remind everyone the information provided today is part of an ongoing and active investigation, and at this time, we do not have any additional information to release. I would like to reiterate our request that anyone with information regarding this case, please call the tip line at 512-671-2767.

In closing, I would ask that you keep Sgt. Hutchinson’s family, friends, colleagues and community in your thoughts and prayers.

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