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Jury trial set for former officer

- The Saline Courier Staff

The jury trial for a former Alexander police officer has been set, according to court documents.

Calvin Salyers, 34, is facing a manslaught­er charge in connection with the death of another officer, Scott Hutton.

According to court records filed this week in Saline County Circuit Court, an omnibus hearing for the case is scheduled to take place Sept. 2 and Salyers’ trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 16.

The incident reportedly occurred June 3, 2020, at Salyers’ residence.

According to court documents,

Hutton drove to Salyer’s residence to pick up a patrol unit that was parked inside a metal building next door.

At 7:09 p.m., Hutton attempted to call Salyers’ personal phone, but received no answer.

Seconds later, he sent a text to Salyers asked if he was awake.

Following no answer via text, Hutton pulled into Salyers’ driveway, walked onto the porch and knocked on the door.

Court documents state Salyers and his girlfriend, Ashlee Cummings, were lying on the couch watching a movie.

Records also state that when they heard the knock, “Salyers told Cummings that he would see who it was and grabbed his Glock .40-caliber handgun and went to the door.”

According to Salyers’ statement to officers, he looked through the peep hole and saw a figure standing on his porch with a dark shirt and a gun on his hip. Salyers stated that he transferre­d his weapon from his right hand into his left and reached for the door knob and as he opened the door, the gun went off and fired a round through the front door.

“As Salyers opened the door, Hutton fell off the porch,” records state.

According to Salyers’ statement, he realized it was Hutton only after he fell from the porch.

At 7:12 p.m., a call was placed to 911 from Cummings’ phone. Salyers identified himself as an Alexander police officer after authoritie­s were alerted of the shooting.

Salyers also told dispatcher­s that it was Hutton who had been shot and that, “All I seen was a gun, it was an accidental discharge,” according to records.

A search warrant for the home revealed a single bullet hole in the front door near the peep hole. The bullet appeared to have traveled from inside the residence, through the main door and then through the glass storm door.

A Glock .40-caliber handgun with a pistol light was found on the floor, just inside the door threshold.

“Based on Hutton’s injury, it was likely he was standing at an angle and not squarely facing the door,” records state.

Court documents also note that Salyers tried to administer aid to Hutton, who was wearing a black polo-type shirt, khaki tactical pants and had a typical police-style gun belt with a badge positioned next to his holstered firearm.

In the case file presented to Saline County Attorney Chris Walton and Chief Deputy Rebecca Bush, it states that Salyers “acted recklessly on the night of June 3, which resulted in the a firearm being discharged through the door of his residence which struck Alexander Police Officer Scott Hutton in the chest, causing his death.”

Salyers was later terminated from his position with the department.

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