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Oxford police: Shooting of robbery suspect justified

Posted March 9, 2011

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— Oxford police said Wednesday that a robbery suspect scuffled with an officer and pointed a gun at the officer at close range before being shot and killed.

Police Chief John M. Woolard said the initial investigation shows that Sgt. Roger Fuller was justified in using deadly force in his encounter with Ike Hutcherson, 40, last Friday.

"Fuller was involved in a worst-case scenario for any officer, and it is apparent his actions were in keeping with his training and within departmental guidelines," Woolard said in a statement.

Police said that Hutcherson used a pellet gun to rob a worker at the Nationwide Insurance office on Gilliam Street last Friday morning.

A short while later, police said, Fuller spotted Hutcherson, who matched the description of the robber, on Railroad Avenue and tried to arrest him. Hutcherson fought with Fuller and "pointed the weapon inches from the officer's body," Woolard said.

Fuller fired one shot, which killed Hutcherson, police said.

Fuller, a 24-year veteran of the Oxford Police Department, has been placed on paid administrative leave while Oxford police and the State Bureau of Investigation finish their reviews of the incident. Those follow standard procedure for all incidents in which an officer discharges a firearm.


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  • robin616 Mar 10, 2011

    Roger is a GREAT man & officer! This will weigh heavily on his heart forever! I will keep him in my prayers forever and pray that he will continue the WELL job he does for Oxford and know that the community is behind him and the ENTIRE police force! We LOVE you ROGER!!

  • countrystong Mar 10, 2011

    Live near Oxford no details left out...Man walks into Nationwide robs it at gun point(are you at this point, going to stop and ask him if it is a real gun or just a pellet gun). Runs off, police find him he pulls same gun out again, at this point are you going to stop and ask if it is real? I highly doubt it. If he is stupid enough to pull any type of weapon on an officer, he got what he deserved.

  • mjlt3 Mar 10, 2011

    It's sad a life was taken but even devastating that in a town as small as O-Town that you are getting ROB in broad day light. God ease the pain of his parents and childrens but protect the citizens of O-Town as well. We all need the "Power of Prayer".

  • hopeful Mar 10, 2011

    crustyhalo - There are two sides to every story and the other side of this story is dead. The story states that he was a suspect - that much we do know. The rest we will never be known because the deceased is not around to tell his side. @Ignore crustyhal0's ignorance. Everyone has an opinion and it is just that "an opinion." There are so many unanswered questions in this story.

  • crustyhalo Mar 10, 2011

    Lightfoot 3..be quiet..and stop showing your ignorance.Thank you to the Officer involved.I am sure you will carry this memory of that day for the rest of your life,I pray that you and fellow LEO are safe today,tomorrow and the rest of your careers.

  • countrystong Mar 10, 2011

    Yes, Mr Fuller you did the right thing!! Thanks for a job well done. I know you have to live with taking a life, but dont ever let anyone tell you that you were in the wrong!!

  • Journey985 Mar 10, 2011

    Well, not surprised hye was cleared. This man was a really not using that one brain cell of his when he pointed a pellet gun at the officers. Glad they all went home safely. Guess his position in America's Dumbest Criminals is safe!

  • hckyplyr72 Mar 10, 2011

    You have to be a few sandwiches short of a picnic to point a pellet gun or BB gun at officers with real guns!!!!!!!! Just another example of natural selection doing its thing.

  • Lightfoot3 Mar 10, 2011

    Assuming this is what REALLY happened, looks like a justified shoot.

  • balmers Mar 9, 2011

    Thank you Mr.Fuller for a job well done!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1