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Man arrested on attempted murder in butter knife attack on Wichita cop, police say

Darren Lee Hutcherson, 53, was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a Wichita police officer in the chest with a butter knife and booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. The officer was uninjured.
Darren Lee Hutcherson, 53, was arrested on suspicion of stabbing a Wichita police officer in the chest with a butter knife and booked into jail on suspicion of first-degree murder. The officer was uninjured. Courtesy of Sedgwick County Jail

A Wichita man was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder after stabbing a Wichita police officer below the neck with a butter knife, police say.

Wichita police went to Union Rescue Mission, a homeless shelter in the 2800 block of North Hillside, at 5:15 p.m. on Wednesday to arrest a 53-year-old man who had a warrant out for his arrest.

When an officer attempted to arrest the man, he used a metal butter knife to stab the officer in the chest area, below the throat, Wichita police Officer Paul Cruz said.

The knife did not penetrate the officer’s bullet-proof vest and the officer was not injured in the attack, Cruz said.

Police records show Darren Lee Hutcherson, 53, was arrested at 2800 North Hillside at 6:47 p.m. on Wednesday on suspicion of attempted first-degree murder and aggravated battery of a law enforcement officer.

Cruz said at this time the department is not releasing the name of the officer who was stabbed.

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