Hutto community lines streets in support of fallen officer

People in Hutto waited under a somber sky for the line of officers carrying one of their boys in blue back into town.

"It's just important for us to come out here and support the community, show the family that we understand their loss and we're just heartbroken," said Mark Taylor who lives in Hutto.

"He was a very special person and he'll always be remembered in Hutto," said Rejenia Anderson who lives across the street from the church that is performing a private rosary blessing for the officer.

Sunday was the first time Sgt. Christopher Kelley's body returned to his hometown since he was killed Wednesday. 

"To think that something like this could happen in a small subdivision area it's just, it's awful," said Lisa Taylor who also lives in Hutto.

Wednesday, Hutto police officers tried to stop a car near Herrera trail. Police said the suspect, Colby Ray Williamson, sped away, crashed and then got out and ran. Kelley responded to the call.

Investigators tell us Kelley tried to arrest Williamson near Meadow Lark Lane and Decker Drive, but Williamson got away, jumped into a Hutto police car and backed over Kelley. Kelley was transported to Seton Medical Center Williamson, but he did not survive. 

It's the first time the town has ever lost an officer in the line of duty. 

"We see Hutto growing and we see it changing and we're starting to see big-city problems coming to our little community," said Mark. 

"I remember when we only had five policemen and now we have 25 and they're still just as special," said Anderson. 

Kelley leaves behind a wife and two young children. Sunday, the Hutto community wanted to show them they have the support of the entire town. 

"If you look around you can see it, everybody showed up and that means there is hope in this community," Mark said. 

People stood heart in hand as officers from near and far escorted Kelley's body from a funeral home in Pflugerville to St. Patrick Catholic Church in Hutto. 

"The sense of loss the family must be feeling, we each feel that in our hearts and then when you just take a look at this man, this was a good man," said Mark. 

A viewing will be held at Cook Walden Capital Park in Pflugerville Monday from 6-9pm. Kelley's funeral service is set for Tuesday at 11am at Shoreline Church in Austin.
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