A Cop Allegedly Shot And Killed A Fellow Officer After Threatening To Shoot Protesters
Calvin "Nick" Salyers is accused of killing his colleague, Scott Hutton, through his front door after Hutton stopped by his home to pick up a patrol car.
Stephanie McNeal BuzzFeed News Reporter:
An Arkansas police officer who allegedly told a colleague that he would shoot any protesters who came to his door was charged with manslaughter in the fatal shooting of a fellow officer who knocked on his door in June.
When the police brutality protests in Minneapolis began earlier this year, the accused officer,Calvin "Nick" Salyers, told a colleague that he would "shoot through the door" at any protesters who came to his residence, according to court documents.
On Wednesday, Salyers, 33, was charged with manslaughter for allegedly shooting and killing his fellow officer, 36-year-old Scott Hutton, through the door of Salyers' residence on June 3.
Salyers, an officer with the Alexander Police Department since 2017, surrendered to special agents with the Arkansas State Police Criminal Investigation Division on Wednesday.
On June 3, Hutton had driven to Salyers' home shortly after 7 p.m. to pick up a patrol car from Salyers, which was parked inside a metal structure nearby, Ryan Jacks, an investigator with the Arkansas State Police, wrote in an arrest affidavit.
When Hutton arrived at Salyers' home, he texted him, "are you awake," Jacks wrote. When he didn't get a response, Hutton walked to the front door and knocked. Inside, Salyers was watching a movie with his girlfriend, Ashlee Cummings. He was off duty at the time.
According to Jacks, Salyers told Cummings he would check who was at the door, and grabbed his Glock .40-caliber handgun.He looked through the peephole and saw a "figure standing on his porch with a dark shirt and a gun on his hip," Jacks wrote in the affidavit.
Salyers claimed that he attempted to transfer his gun from his right to his left hand to open the door, according to the affidavit. However, he said that when he did so the gun fired, and Hutton fell.
Salyers described the shooting as an"accidental discharge,"according to the affidavit.
It was then, Salyers allegedly told authorities, that he realized the figure in his doorway was Hutton. He called 911, and deputies from the Saline County Sheriff’s Office responded, according to a statement from the Arkansas State Police.
When deputies arrived, they said they observed Hutton being given life-saving measures by an Alexander Police Department officer. Hutton was transported to a local hospital, where he died.
In the arrest affidavit, Jacks wrote that agents with the Arkansas State Police investigated the scene and found that the single bullet had traveled through both the wooden front door and a glass storm door before striking Hutton.