A man who Scottsdale police shot and killed Wednesday night had driven his vehicle into the wall of a former friend’s home and attacked him with a pipe before fleeing to his residence in Mesa, according to police and a 911 call released Friday.
Scottsdale resident Michael Trent Smith, 35, who placed the 911 call, said Kevin Hutchings was extremely intoxicated and told the dispatcher that Hutchings owned a gun.
Hutchings, a 35-year-old Mesa banker, was shot by two Scottsdale officers who trailed him to his home after the reported aggravated assault.
Officers James Peters and Tom Myers, members of Scottsdale’s High Enforcement Arrest Team, fired the shots that killed Hutchings at his home in the 6400 block of East Sugarloaf Street in Mesa.
It was the fourth fatal shooting Peters has been involved in since 2003.
In July, the Scottsdale Police Department’s Internal Affairs Division cleared Peters of the October 2005 fatal shooting of Mark Wesley Smith, 31, who was wielding a metal pipe at a gas station and charging officers, according to reports.
The Maricopa County Attorney’s Office also earlier this year cleared Peters of any wrongdoing in that shooting, according to William FitzGerald, spokesman for the office.
On April 23, Peters was the lone officer who shot and killed Daniel Brian Brown when he was holding an elderly deli worker hostage behind a north Scottsdale Safeway.
Brown, 28, had hijacked a Krispy Kreme doughnut truck in Peoria at gunpoint and led authorities on a 40-mile chase into Scottsdale.
That investigation is pending.
Peters also was cleared in a 2003 fatal shooting of a man threatening suicide, said Sgt. Mark Clark, a police spokesman.
Although details of why Hutchings was angry with Smith were sketchy on the 911 recording, the call revealed that Hutchings apparently was intoxicated and drove the car into Smith’s house in the 2600 block of North 80th Place. Hutchings then began swinging a pipe at Smith and his mother, records show.
Smith told a 911 dispatcher that Hutchings hit him and the pair fought before Hutchings left in his Nissan sports utility vehicle.