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Man shot in standoff with Tampa police

Officers investigate on N 25th Street after gunshots were exchanged between Tampa police and Greg Allen Hutchenson at his parents’ home on Tuesday.

WILLIE J. ALLEN JR. | Times

Officers investigate on N 25th Street after gunshots were exchanged between Tampa police and Greg Allen Hutchenson at his parents’ home on Tuesday.

TAMPA — A 45-year-old man suffered at least two gunshot wounds after barricading himself in a house, taunting police and exchanging fire with them Tuesday, authorities said.

Greg Allen Hutchenson was taken to Tampa General Hospital and was in critical but stable condition Tuesday night.

Tampa police said they have not determined whether the wounds — to the face and to the abdomen — were self-inflicted or caused by officers.

It began when Tampa police received a call around 2:15 p.m. saying that someone was fighting with an elderly person in the yard at 10407 N 25th St.

When police arrived, they found the man's father, Donald Hutchenson, outside. He said his son was armed and mentally unstable. The man's mother, Carolyn Hutchenson, came out of the house and told police her son had a gun in his waistband.

Greg Hutchenson apparently hadn't been taking his medications and found two guns his parents had hidden.

"The disturbance started when his parents realized he had discovered the weapons," said police spokeswoman Laura McElroy.

Police took the parents away to safety. As they initiated contact with him, Hutchenson threatened police, McElroy and.

"You better be vested up," she quoted him as saying, telling officers not to come any closer.

He moved aside the blinds in a window and pointed a gun, she said. Police fired.

Police blocked off streets in the neighborhood and Witter Elementary, less than a block away, was placed on lockdown.

No police officers were injured, but two cruisers had bullet holes.

Police searched the home and say they found a Ruger .357 Magnum six-shot revolver.

Hutchenson had no criminal past in Florida, according to state records. But police knew the house well. They've responded there several times on domestic calls, McElroy said.

In March, police were called because Hutchenson had attempted suicide, McElroy said.

And in November, they were called out because Hutchenson's father had pointed a handgun at his son and threatened to shoot him, an incident report shows.

Donald Hutchenson told his son that according to the "stand-your-ground" law — which gives people the right to use deadly force, as long as they "reasonably believe" the force is necessary to stop the other person from hurting them — he could shoot his son, the report states.

Donald Hutchenson was charged with aggravated assault in that incident.

Family friend Valerie Valdez, 45, said Greg Hutchenson has two sons and has struggled with mental instability for some time.

"I think Greg wanted to die," Valdez said. "He's just a talker. He knew what he was doing. He's a very, very smart man."

Police said that Greg Hutchenson will face two counts of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.

The four officers involved in the shooting were placed on paid administrative leave while the investigation continues.

Times researcher John Martin contributed to this report.

Man shot in standoff with Tampa police 09/20/11 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 21, 2011 12:21am]
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