Shot Deputies  Identified


DeSoto County Sheriff Bill Rasco has identified the two deputies who were shot Wednesday night as Patrol Sgt.

Hunter Garrett and K9 Officer Lee Hutchins.

Memphis police say the suspect was driving a Ford stolen in a carjacking at Ardent Studios in midtown last Friday.

Garrett was shot in the foot and released early Thursday morning. Hutchins underwent surgery Wednesday night and remains in the hospital.

The suspect died after being shot by deputies.

Investigators say the Wednesday night’s suspect robbed a McDonalds and Home Depot in Horn Lake. He was driving the car stolen from a victim at Ardent last Friday
Around 9:00 p.m. last night in the Kroger parking on Stateline Road in Southaven, Patrol Sgt. Garrett spotted the robbery suspect’s car.

He, along with K-9 Deputy Hutchens and several other DeSoto County deputies tried to stop the suspect.

Investigators say there was a short foot chase, and a gun battle, which ended with Garrett and Hutchens injured, and the suspect dead.

From DeSoto County Sheriff’s Department:

K-9 Deputy Brandon Hutchens, an 11 1/2 year veteran officer 8 ½ with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department,

was struck in the chest by one round that entered in the seam of his body armor.

Deputy Hutchens is still in Regional One Medical Center at this time listed as critical but stable.

Sergeant Hunter Garrett, a 7 ½ year veteran 6 1/2 with the Desoto County Sheriff’s Department,

was struck by one round in his left foot.

He has been treated at Regional One Medical Center and since released.

The Mississippi Bureau of Investigation is also investigating Wednesday night’s shooting.