Officer wounded in Hutchinson shooting was new to the department


The Hutchinson police officer who was wounded in an exchange of shots with a suspect earlier this week had been with the department three weeks at the time of the incident.

The Department of Public Safety identified the officer Thursday as Jacob Willers, who started with Hutchinson Police Services on Oct. 12. Willmar Radio reports he was undergoing field training.

He was one of the officers that responded to the 500 block of Harmony Lane Sunday regarding a disturbance. At the scene, officers spoke with a suspect – later identified as 49-year-old Luverne Roy Christensen – who authorities describe as ignoring officer requests to show his hands.

Officers eventually entered the residence and it led to an altercation, during which Christensen fired one shot from a handgun, authorities say. That shot struck Willers.

At that time, Deputy Matthew Wyatt returned fire, striking and killing Christensen, according to the department.

Wyatt has been a member of the McLeod County Sheriff's Office since 2013.

Willers was taken to the hospital and released. He's now on leave and recovering, the news release says.

"Several" other law enforcement officers were on the scene but did not fire their weapon, according to the release.

The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is continuing to investigate.

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