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Tuesday, February 9, 2010

[WI] Sheriff David Clarke sued for conspiring to keep Deputy Thomas Hutchins on force who shot 2 during a domestic rampage and...

 Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke

Victims of a 2008 shooting by an off-duty sheriff's deputy during a domestic incident claim Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and two top staff members conspired to keep the [Thomas Hutchins] on the force and were negligent in letting him have a department weapon when they were aware of the man's ongoing domestic violence issues...

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SHERIFF CLARKE SUED OVER SHOOTING BY OFF-DUTY DEPUTY
Journal Sentinel
By Bruce Vielmetti
Posted: Feb. 7, 2010
[Excerpts] Victims of a 2008 shooting by an off-duty sheriff's deputy during a domestic incident claim Sheriff David A. Clarke Jr. and two top staff members conspired to keep the man on the force and were negligent in letting him have a department weapon when they were aware of the man's ongoing domestic violence issues. The lawsuit, filed Friday in Milwaukee County Circuit Court, seeks damages for two people who suffered gunshot wounds and for several children who were present during the outburst by former corrections deputy Thomas D. Hutchins. A judge on Friday granted a temporary restraining order to prevent Hutchins or his agents from spending or moving any possible assets that he may own or control. Hutchins, 41, is serving 20 years after pleading no contest to two counts of intentional first-degree reckless injury and one count of endangering safety by use of a dangerous weapon. On Dec. 15, 2008, Hutchins shot his girlfriend in the face, then followed her to a neighbor's home and fired several shots through a locked door, injuring a 12-year-old girl. He used a sheriff's office-issue .40 caliber handgun... The lawsuit claims the children who witnessed the rampage "have and will likely continue to suffer repeated and severe bouts of mental anguish and psychological repercussions"... Clarke could not be reached for comment on the lawsuit... [Full article here]
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2 comments:

  1. he was off duty and used his own weapon not the work gun. how is the county or the sheriff legally responsilbe. this is just another way greedy money hungry lawyers making the pockets fat. who is paying the lawyers fee

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  2. The sheriff could have made Mr. Hutchins turn in all his weapons until he fixed his personal life.

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