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Body Cam Video Shows How Lincoln County Deputy Michael Hutton Was Ambushed

(CBS4) - New body cam video released by Lincoln County authorities shows what happened the night Deputy Michael Hutton was ambushed by Tristin Ensinger in May. The sheriff says he released video to show the dangers law enforcement face every day -- but it is shocking.

(credit: Lincoln County)
Tristan Ensinger
(credit: Lincoln County)

The video shows Hutton responding to a call at Highway 40 near Limon.

Attempted Murder of Deputy Hutton

May 20, 2021-Attempted Murder of Deputy Michael Hutton. This video is being released to our community to provide details surrounding the ambush of Deputy Michael Hutton. Our community has heard many things about that morning, but some portions were untrue and incorrect. Sheriff Tom Nestor will illustrate the events that nearly killed one of Lincoln County finest. Our community has shown unwavering support and has patiently waited for the investigation to develop so that this information could be released. Pursuant to our values at the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office: Integrity, Pride, and Leadership, this video is a transparent look at one of our darkest moments. **Viewer Discretion is Advised**

Posted by Lincoln County Sheriff's Office on Wednesday, August 4, 2021

He interacts with a trucker who had reported someone trying to break into a truck. As Hutton approaches the truck, he is shot. An emergency dispatcher tries to reach him over the 2-way radio to no avail. Responding officers get to Hutton in 21 minutes and then offer encouragement as they look for the suspect.

That suspect, Ensinger, was later found nearby dead of a self-inflicted wound.

Tristin Ensinger
Tristin Ensinger (credit: Lincoln County)

Ensinger, 25, was a murder suspect out of Ohio and the sheriff says he was intent on ambushing law enforcement officers.

Deputy Michael Hutton
(credit: Lincoln County)

Hutton is still recovering but is expected to return to full law enforcement duty.


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