Death by Foreclosure? Cop Killed by Own Gun Days Before Forced Sale of His Home
“Officials said at the time that homicide remains a possibility, but added that they also are looking into whether it was self-inflicted.”
Foreclosure records reviewed in probe of Travis County deputy’s death
On the same morning hundreds of mourners gathered for the funeral of Travis County sheriff’s Sgt. Craig Hutchinson, his home near Round Rock was set to be publicly sold due to a foreclosure, documents obtained by the American-Statesman and KVUE-TV show.
SunTrust Mortgage Inc. filed a notice at the Williamson County clerk’s office on July 11 announcing that the Hutchinson home was eligible for a foreclosure sale. Fourteen days later, Hutchinson was found dead outside the house.
The foreclosure notice is among information investigators are assembling as they try to learn more about the sergeant, who after 32 years was set to retire later this year, and seek to determine his manner of death. Officials from the Travis County medical examiner’s office, which is conducting the autopsy, and Williamson County Justice of the Peace Bill Gravell haven’t issued a ruling.
Authorities said for days after the shooting that they were searching for anyone responsible for his death — Hutchinson, who had just gotten off duty, had radioed to report “prowlers” on his property — but announced last week, a day after the funeral, that they think Hutchinson was killed by his own gun without elaborating on how. Officials said at the time that homicide remains a possibility, but added that they also are looking into whether it was self-inflicted.