‘I got lucky’: Colo. deputy shot in ambush goes home
Deputy Michael Hutton was discharged Tuesday after being seriously wounded on a call
By Suzie Ziegler
LINCOLN COUNTY, Colo. — A Colorado sheriff’s office is celebrating a deputy who was released from the hospital Tuesday after being shot last week.
Deputy Michael Hutton, who was seriously wounded, was shot multiple times while responding to a theft call. According to FOX 31, the doctor who treated Hutton was surprised the deputy was not more seriously hurt or even killed.
“Just a few millimeters in any direction and we could be talking about a serious injury to the heart, the aorta or the spinal cord,” Dr. Jared Scott told reporters.
Hutton was wearing a protective vest, but he took shots elsewhere on his body, the sheriff’s office said.
Video posted by the Lincoln County Sheriff’s Office showed officers lining up to greet Hutton as he was rolled out in a wheelchair.
Other law enforcement officers expressed their relief.
“It’s very strong feelings. I heard the call. I know what happened and I know it could have been something completely different,” said Colorado State Patrol Cpl. Ivan Alvarado.
Hutton thanked everyone for their support.
“I’m feeling much better now. Just happy to go home,” Hutton said. “I got lucky.”
Deputy Hutton leaving Swedish Medical Center. Our hero is coming home! Get ready, Lincoln County!! Highway 24 and Highway 71 South at 2:45.Posted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Tuesday, May 25, 2021
HERO'S HOMECOMING: A long line of Coloradans welcomed Lincoln County Sheriff's Deputy Michael Hutton home after he was released from the hospital today! He was shot in the line of duty last week.@ricksallinger will have his story tonight at 5p!— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) May 25, 2021
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