Agent Robert B. Hutchings « Utah Law Enforcement Memorial

Agent Robert B. Hutchings

Died on July 20, 1976

Age 32
Utah Department of Public Safety
Homicide: Shotgun

Agent Hutchings was shot and killed during a drug raid at a Salt Lake City home. At approximately 7:00 p.m., the 32-year-old victim 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 Hutching in the neck and chest. Agent Hutching 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.  His bronze name plaque is sponsored by the Utah Highway Patrol Association.

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2 responses to “Agent Robert B. Hutchings”

  1. Dean Hutchings says:

    Bob was my cousin. He died when I was 15, but I remember him as a part of my childhood. He was a police officer in Sacramento and when we were at my uncles he would come around in his patrol car and entertain us. He was a fun loving person. I remember going to his house in Orem and seeing his train set. I understood that he bought it for his son, Mark, for Christmas, but Mark was not allowed near it. I also remember his dog. I can’t remember his name but that dog could run. I have all good memories of Bob. I also remember the sadness and pain in the family when he was lost. Thank you for your sacrifice cousin.

  2. Alicia Hutchings Sorensen says:

    His legacy lives on through his posterity, but also by those who share his life stories and who he was. We are so proud and grateful for our Uncle…that I always grew up knowing as a hero.

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