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A Florida sheriff’s deputy was killed by a suspect the week he was set to retire

We will “honor him as the hero and for the service he left behind — as a teacher, as a mentor and again, someone who unselfishly served this community,” Chronister stated.

According to the HSCO, Deputies had responded to 2 calls a couple of suspect who was appearing erratically on the Paddock Club Apartments in Brandon, Florida, on Monday afternoon.

Brandon is simply east of Tampa.

They first responded to a name that the suspect, recognized as Zachary Gabriel Garrett, 28, was “throwing property out of his apartment window and front door” and had “threatened to harm staff in the past,” the discharge stated. The deputies spoke with Garrett however discovered no trigger for arrest on the time, in accordance with the discharge.

The deputies responded to the identical location round 5 p.m. after the Garrett was reported to be nude and appearing erratically, in accordance with the discharge. Deputies tried to speak to the suspect on their second go to however he was “unresponsive” and “became combative and struck one of the responding deputies…multiple times,” the discharge stated.

Both responding deputies deployed their tasers “without success,” in accordance with the discharge, earlier than the Garrett fled to his automotive.

The deputies tried to dam Garrett, however he was in a position to get previous them, crashing by way of an condominium complicated gate entrance, the discharge stated.

Several witnesses reported the suspect “intentionally rammed into Master LaVigne at a high rate of speed,” as he was in his marked HCSO car, the discharge stated.

Deputies tended to LaVigne’s accidents and first responders with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue tried to extricate him for a number of minutes, in accordance with the discharge.

“Despite their courageous efforts and those on frontlines at Tampa General Hospital, Master Corporal LaVigne passed away while in the line of duty,” the discharge stated.

“Master Corporal Brian LaVigne has been a part of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office family since 1990, and he was just days away from retirement,” Chronister stated within the launch. “We will never forget Master Corporal LaVigne for laying down his life in the line of duty or the response of his squad members who did everything they could to ensure that the individual responsible for his death was apprehended.”

LaVigne leaves behind a spouse and two grownup youngsters, one in every of whom can be a deputy with the identical Sheriff’s Office, the discharge stated.

Garrett was taken to a neighborhood hospital with minor accidents, Chronister stated. Charges in opposition to him are forthcoming and he doesn’t have a earlier arrest historical past within the county, in accordance with the discharge.

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