A Milwaukee County Sheriff’s deputy is being held this afternoon on a possible charge of attempted homicide in connection with a double shooting last night that wounded a 31 year-old woman and her 12 year-old neighbor, according to police reports. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel is reporting Thomas D. Hutchins, a 12-year-veteran of the Sheriff’s Department, remains in police custody and is expected to be booked into the Milwaukee County Jail this afternoon. Arrest logs from the Milwaukee Police Department indicate Hutchins allegedly shot the woman and her neighbor during – or immediately after – a domestic dispute.
What I’d like to know is whether Deputy Hutchins used his service weapon to shoot the two victims, and I’d also be curious to know if Deputy Hutchins has a history of domestic violence. A quick search on CCAP shows a Harassment Restraining Order was issued against a Thomas Hutchins, and curiously enough, the HRO was issued without a firearms restriction, which seems more than a little odd to me, unless the Thomas Hutchins in question is in fact the same Thomas Hutchins involved in this shooting.
Further, if the Thomas Hutchins of the HRO is the same individual involved in this shooting, then I’d love to hear what action, if any, was taken by the Deputy’s superiors in response to the HRO. After all, logic would dictate a Sheriff’s Deputy would come under scrutiny if a Harassment Restraining Order were issued against said deputy. Obviously I hope the victims are going to be okay, and while Deputy Hutchins is innocent until proven guilty, I hope that if he is found guilty he’s punished to the fullest extent of the law.