Nebraska State Patrol Responded to Officer Down Call
On January 17th, 2022, at 10:59 p.m. the Nebraska State Patrol in North Platte was notified of an "Officer Down" call for help from the Red Willow County Sheriff's Office. Troopers responded to the 1900 West B Street area in McCook along with the McCook Police and Fire Departments.
The Nebraska State Patrol was requested to conduct the investigation by the Red Willow County Attorney.
The preliminary investigation shows that the Sheriff and Chief Deputy were in the area of the Walmart parking lot searching for an individual threatening to harm himself. The Sheriff and Chief Deputy made contact with a male standing outside of his vehicle on the south side of the parking lot. Contacted was 37 year old Scott Kutnink of Cambridge, Nebraska. It was discovered later that Kutnink was unrelated to the initial search for the male threatening to harm himself.
During the contact, the male entered his vehicle and struck the Chief Deputy by running over him. The Chief Deputy discharged his service weapon one time and struck the male. The male continued to drive east in the parking lot and over an embankment before coming to a stop.
First responders on scene began rendering emergency medical aid to Kutnink. Kutnink and the Chief Deputy were transported to the Community Hospital of McCook. Kutnink's injuries are life threatening and he was air lifted to Good Samaritan Hospital in Kearney where he remains in critical condition. The Chief Deputy sustained non-life threatening injuries and has been released.
Kutnink's family has been notified by the Furnas County Sheriff's Office.
Troop D Investigations is coordinating with Troop C to have a Trooper present at Good Samaritan.