Officer Who Said He Would Shoot Protestors Who Came To His House Shot Fellow Cop

The decedent Officer Scott Hutton with his wife Brittany.Screengrab / Brittany Hutton / GoFundMe

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AR state police arrested Salyers for manslaughter a month after the local department called Hutton’s death accidental.

KIRO 7 reports that on July 9, Arkansas state police arrested an Alexander, Arkansas officer for manslaughter after he killed a colleague who knocked on his door last month.

  • According to the arrest affidavit written by Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division’s Special Agent Ryan Jacks, Officer Calvin Nicholas Salyers, who has been an Alexander police officer since 2017, had previously threatened to “shoot through the door” any protestors who came to his home.
  • Jacks wrote that police training officer Sergeant Matt Wharton told Jacks that Salyers made the comment to him in late May or early June. Wharton said he then instructed Salyers that doing so would be reckless and negligent and that officers could not shoot anyone without first identifying the person and confirming there was a threat.
  • It is not clear from the affidavit why Salyers thought protestors thought protestors might come to his home, though the timing of the comment coincides with the rise of violent demonstrations in the wake and mist of protests over the police killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
  • The arrest affidavit states that after 7:00 PM on June 3, Hutton drove to Salyers’s residence and to pick up a patrol unit that was parked there. Salyers was inside watching a movie with his girlfriend Ashlee Cummings.

The affidavit continues,

When they heard the knock, Salyers told Cummings that he would see who it was and grabbed his Glock .40 caliber handgun and went to the door. According to his statement, he looked through the peep hole and saw a figure standing on his porch with a dark shirt and a gun on his hip. Salyers stated that he transferred his weapon from his right hand into his left hand and reached for the door knob and as he opened the door, the gun went off, firing a round through the front door. As Salyers opened the door, Hutton fell off the porch. According to Salyers’s statement he realized it was Hutton only after he fell from the porch.

Salyers called the incident an “accidental discharge,” but KIRO reports that “Evidence showed that Salyers had his Glock pressed against the door when he fired it.” Jacks wrote in the affidavit, “The most significant findings related to the bullet hole was there was evidence of close contact,” including “Powder burns” and a “ring of residue.”

  • The day after the incident, the Alexander Police Department announced on its Facebook page that “Officer Scott Hutton was accidentally shot and killed by a fellow, off-duty, officer last night.”
  • A GoFundMe page set up by the department for Hudson’s widow Brittany described his death as being “in the line of duty.”
  • When state police made the arrest on July 9, Salyers turned himself in. He was booked in Saline County Jail with bail set at $15,000.
  • State police accuse Salyers of “unlawfully” and “recklessly caus[ing] the death of Scott Hutton.”

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Comments (26)
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Zenseekercu
Zenseekercu

Now here's an idiot who shouldn't have a gun. He certainly doesn't need to be a cop.

RobinM
RobinM

Why was the officer there at the cop's house? Just curious why he went there.

Thistledown1
Thistledown1

To pick up a patrol car.

Starfox7070
Starfox7070

WTH. He grabs a gun just to answer the front door? This guy was much to paranoid to be a cop in the first place

Honey_Badger
Honey_Badger

Just remember kids. Police will leave you alone if you don't do anything illegal. 😏

Tiajen
Tiajen

THIS is who pertekts you. Sleep tight, 'Murkkka.

pennyroyal
pennyroyal

The NRA/gun nuts and Trumpers have become hair-trigger. Not content with killing Blacks in the back, they go after their own. Beyond horrible. These people are sadistic.

Staq
Staq

Just because he didn't know who it was doesn't matter, he had announced his plan, a pre-planned plan, it doesn't matter who he killed. This is FIRST DEGREE murder. First degree murder.

Ray_
Ray_

How did this guy become a cop in the first place? Way more training is needed here in the US!

Gladlylearn
Gladlylearn

His “best” excuse is that the shot was accidental. But how can a person trained in handling firearms make such a mistake? Maybe another defense is that he’s crazy. We need to vet police for mental stability. He already had demonstrated instability in comments to coworkers.

MacGyrl
MacGyrl

The lying to cover up he killed an innocent man is the most compelling. How many other times did this guy lie or fabricated a story? People wonder why so many police are not trusted. They’re suppose to be the first line of truth in justice.

Kimo W
Kimo W

Look deeper, answering the door with a loaded firearm, safety off, finger on the trigger is not normal. Unless you are targeted and expect to be attacked.

Corncrake
Corncrake

Yes, look deeper. I am not qualified to evaluate the mental and emotional health of the alleged killer Calvin Nicholas Salyers. I base my following comments on my general knowledge plus decades of observing the behavior of many men both in the workplace and in my social life.

Some men are still 12-years old, and they peacock (strut) in front of other men. They compete for the alpha position. They must display their sexual prowess. I believe that the more insecure men are, the greater their need to prove themselves to other men as well as to women.

Salyers may be living with a boiling rage, a hot bubbling cauldren with a short fuse. Sounds like protesters for Black Lives Matter MAY grate on the nerves of his political bias. This is one man who should not serve as a police officer. Let's hope justice is done for Officer Scott Hunt, his wife Brittany, and the rest of his family.


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