Travis County deputy killed in home robbery gone bad

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ROUND ROCK, TX - It's hard not to feel heartbreak every time another innocent life is lost. This time, a Travis County, Texas Sheriff's deputy killed in his own home in Round Rock, Texas, right outside of Austin.

Jeri Schwartz, a Round Rock resident said, "It makes me want to cry, you know. I feel so bad for all the other brothers in arms."

According to police, Sargent Craig Hutchinson radioed his fellow police to let them know someone fishy was prowling around his house.

Travis County Sheriff Greg Hamilton said, "There was equipment that was stolen or taken from the shed."

By the time help arrived, Hutchinson had already been shot.

Sheriff Hamilton added, "They advised that they found our officer laying in the backyard."

At the hospital, doctors pronounced the Sargent dead.

Sheriff Hamilton said, "He has 32 years of service, he had planned to retire one week in September. This guy was a big teddy bear, and everybody loved him."

Travis County police are still investigating the bloody burglary. They say they don't think it was a crime targeting law enforcement.

Sheriff Hamilton said, "There is no suggestion that it was an ambush deal."

But police say these tragedies have to stop happening on a constant basis.

Sheriff Hamilton summed it up by saying, "We are in a country that is morally bankrupt and value-depleted. and it's going to take all of us to come together to address this particular issue."

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