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Event, fundraisers set for Deuel County deputy

Hutchinson was shot in line of duty last week


Western Nebraska and beyond is rallying behind a Deuel County deputy who was shot four times in the line of duty last week.

Michael Hutchinson, a 25-year law enforcement veteran, was shot in Big Springs on Thursday, Dec. 3, while attempting to serve warrants on a 66-year-old Big Springs man.

The suspect was shot and later pronounced dead at a hospital.

Hutchinson initially underwent surgery at Ogallala Community Hospital and Medical Center before being flown to North Colorado Medical Center in Greeley, Colo., the Nebraska State Patrol said.

According to a Facebook page sharing information from his family, Hutchinson was shot in his left lung, right chest, abdomen and thigh. A bullet narrowly missed his aorta and he had a broken pelvis.

Updates to the site in the last week detail the numerous surgeries he has undergone. A post on Wednesday said Hutchinson was "awake and very responsive," adding he was able to mouth the words "I love you" to his family.

An account has been established at the crowdfunding site GoFundMe to support Hutchinson and his family. As of Friday, more than 300 people had made contributions. The site can be accessed at

Donations may also be made at Adams Bank and Trust in Chappell or Cornerstone Bank in Big Springs, where benefit accounts have been established.

A benefit soup supper for the family is scheduled for Thursday, Dec. 17, at South Platte High School in Big Springs. Soup will be served beginning at 5 p.m. and a free will donation will be accepted.

Shirts and wristbands honoring Hutchinson are also available. Order forms are available on the Facebook page established by his family, which can be found by searching the Internet for "Prayers for Deputy Mike 'Hutch' Hutchinson."

This report contains information from the Associated Press.


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