Dartmouth man charged with killing girlfriend, punching officer in face

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By Philip Croucher - Metro Halifax

DARTMOUTH - A Dartmouth man is facing a charge of second-degree murder in the killing of his girlfriend, Tara Lynn Park.

Police tape surrounds 117 Albro Lake Road on Sunday.

Christopher Kenneth Hutchinson, 28, was arrested on Monday afternoon in Enfield in relation to the killing of Park, and was charged with murder on Tuesday.

Police say he is also charged with assaulting a police officer with a weapon and property damage. Police allege while interviewing Hutchinson on Monday, he punched an officer in the face, threw a chair at police, and damaged equipment from the interview room.

None of the officers were injured.

“While he was being questioned Mr. Hutchinson became violent,” said Halifax Regional Police spokesman Const. Pierre Bourdages. “He punched the interviewing officer in the face, and as we were attempting to gain control of him, he grabbed the chair he was sitting on and threw that chair at the other officer who came into the room.”

Bourdages said Hutchinson wasn’t handcuffed during the interview. He said police don’t handcuff suspects when being questioned unless “they’re aggressive and display violence.”

“In this case, that was not the fact. He became violent during the interview,” Bourdages said.

Around 10:15 p.m. Saturday, police responded to reports of a commotion at 117 Albro Lake Rd. and found the body of Park in a stairwell of the apartment complex.

She was stabbed to death and police say Hutchinson became a person of interest from early into their investigation.

“I can’t go into detail to what information we received, but throughout the investigation he became a person of interest in this case.” Bourdages said.

Bourdages also said the victim and accused were boyfriend and girlfriend, a referring to the killing as a domestic dispute.

Hutchinson, who is known to police, is scheduled to appear in Dartmouth provincial court on Tuesday afternoon.

Geographic location: Dartmouth, Tara Lynn Park

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