Cop who ‘threatened to shoot protesters through door of his home’ accidentally kills fellow police officer at his front door
Calvin Salyers, a 33-year-old officer with the Alexander Police Department in Arkansas, surrendered to authorities after he was charged with manslaughter in the death of Scott Hutton, 36.
Salyers unintentionally killed Hutton, who also worked for the same department, at his home in Alexander on June 3, Arkansas State Police said in a news release last week.
Deputies were called to Salyers’ home last month after he and his girlfriend told them an officer was down by accidental gunfire, the Arkansas Democrat-Gazette reported.
Special Agent Ryan Jacks, with state police, wrote in court documents that Hutton approached Salyers’ door and knocked.
Salyers looked through the peephole while holding a firearm, and told authorities he saw a dark figure with a firearm.
The cop said that when he moved his weapon to his other hand to get the door handle, he accidentally fired his gun through the door – hitting Hutton in the chest.
Investigators said that just days prior around the time of the riots in Minneapolis following George Floyd’s death in police custody, Salyers said he would shoot through the door if protesters showed up at his home.
During their investigation, authorities said they found contact residue on Salyers’ door, which suggests his firearm was pressed against the door when it was fired.