July 20, 1976
Utah Department of Public Safety
Agent Robert B. Hutchings was shot and killed during a drug raid at a Salt Lake City home.
At approximately 7:00 p.m., Agent Hutchings and several other narcotics officers performed a controlled “buy” at 588 E. 1700 South, SLC. The undercover officer making the drug purchase alerted backup officers via a hidden microphone that he had been successful. Officers then forcibly entered the home to make an arrest. The occupant of the home fired on the officers with a 12-gauge shotgun, striking Agent Hutchings in the neck and chest. Agent Hutchings was able to return fire before he died, killing his assailant. Agent Hutchings was married and the father of six children. He is buried in Orem City Cemetery.
The bronze memorial name plaque of Agent Robert B. Hutchings is sponsored by the Utah Highway Patrol Association.