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

A Florida sheriff’s deputy who was just one shift away from retirement was killed Monday by a suspect in a fatal car crash, Hillsboro County Sheriff Chad Chronister said during a press conference.

Hillsboro County Sheriff’s Office (HSCO) Master Corporal Brian LaVigne, 54, was in a marked vehicle when a suspect who had been tased unsuccessfully by deputies intentionally rammed the car, 根据一个 新闻稿 from HCSO.
我们会 “honor him as the hero and for the service he left behindas a teacher, as a mentor and again, someone who unselfishly served this community,” Chronister said.
According to the HSCO, Deputies had responded to two calls about a suspect who was acting erratically at the Paddock Club Apartments in Brandon, 佛罗里达, on Monday afternoon.
Brandon is just east of Tampa.
They first responded to a call that the suspect, identified as Zachary Gabriel Garrett, 28, 原为 “throwing property out of his apartment window and front doorand hadthreatened to harm staff in the past,” 发布说. The deputies spoke with Garrett but found no cause for arrest at the time, 根据发布.
The deputies responded to the same location around 5 下午. after the Garrett was reported to be nude and acting erratically, 根据发布. Deputies attempted to talk to the suspect on their second visit but he wasunresponsive” 和 “became combative and struck one of the responding deputiesmultiple times,” 发布说.
Both responding deputies deployed their taserswithout success,” 根据发布, before the Garrett fled to his car.
The deputies attempted to block Garrett, but he was able to get past them, crashing through an apartment complex gate entrance, 发布说.
Several witnesses reported the suspectintentionally rammed into Master LaVigne at a high rate of speed,” as he was in his marked HCSO vehicle, 发布说.
Deputies tended to LaVigne’s injuries and first responders with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue attempted to extricate him for several minutes, 根据发布.
Despite their courageous efforts and those on frontlines at Tampa General Hospital, Master Corporal LaVigne passed away while in the line of duty,” 发布说.
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 said in the release. “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 wife and two adult children, one of whom is also a deputy with the same Sheriff’s Office, 发布说.
Garrett was taken to a local hospital with minor injuries, Chronister said. Charges against him are forthcoming and he does not have a previous arrest history in the county, 根据发布.