Man arrested for attempted murder after stabbing Wichita officer with butter knife

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Wichita police have arrested a 53-year-old man who allegedly stabbed an officer with a butter knife. 

Officers responded at around 5:15 p.m. Wednesday to the report of a wanted individual at the Union Rescue Mission at 2800 North Hillside. Officers contacted Darren Hutcherson, who had an active warrant through the Kansas Department of Corrections.

Officer Paul Cruz said that as officers approached the suspect, he grabbed a butter knife from a table and stabbed the officer in his upper chest just below the neck. The suspect dropped the knife and was taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. 

"The knife did not penetrate the officer's vest and the officer was not injured," Cruz said.

The suspect, identified through jail records as Hutcherson, was booked for attempted first-degree murder, interference with law enforcement and a parole violation. 

Department of Corrections records state Hutcherson has two dozen prior convictions that include burglary, theft, assault, driving under the influence (3rd) and eluding law enforcement, which is the only active case. He was last released from prison in September and a warrant was issued Monday. 

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