Texas deputy, set to retire in September, shot dead at home near Austin

AUSTIN, Texas A Travis County, Texas, sheriff’s deputy was shot and killed on Monday after reporting to the department’s dispatcher that a suspected robbery was in progress at his suburban Austin house, officials said.

Sergeant Craig Hutchinson, a 30-year veteran who was set to retire in September, was pronounced dead at a hospital in Round Rock, north of Austin.

He had called to report that several people had broken into the backyard of his home, the sheriff’s office said. About 10 minutes after the call, deputies found Hutchinson in his yard, where he apparently had been shot.

There was no indication of a targeted killing, the office said, adding that no one has been arrested.

Police in Dallas and Baton Rouge have been fatally shot in ambush killings this month by suspects motivated by what they believed to be racial bias in U.S. policing.

(Reporting by Jon Herskovitz; Editing by Jeffrey Benkoe)

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