Authorities said a sheriff deputy in Florida died in a fatal car accident on Monday.
Master Corporal Brian Lavigne, 54, was in a marked vehicle when a suspect who was being chased by deputies crashed into his car at a “high rate of speed,” according to a press release by the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office .
“Master Corporal Brian Lavigne has been part of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office family since 1990,” Sheriff Chad Cronister said in a statement. “We will never forget Master Corporal Lavigne for his life in the line of duty or the reaction of his squad members who did everything they could to ensure the person responsible for their deaths.”
According to HCSO, deputies responded to two separate calls on Monday afternoon at the Padcock Club Apartments in Brandon, Florida, which were “behaving erratically”, about 13 miles east of Tampa.
The suspect, Zachary Gabriel Garrett, 28, was initially reported at 3:42 pm for allegedly “throwing property from the window and front door of his apartment”, according to the Sheriff’s Office. Deputy Michael Durig, Jr. and Adam Putz arrived at the scene and spoke to Garrett, but found no reason for the arrest, the sheriff’s office said.
The office said that less than two hours later, the same two deputies spoke to Garrett when he was informed by a neighbor and management to be “naked and acting.” According to deputies, communicating with Garrett was unsuccessful, and the suspect allegedly became “belligerent” and hit one of the deputies several times.
In response, both depots used their work “without success”, according to the office. Garrett said that despite attempts to block Garrett, the suspect ran into his car, crashing through the entrance to the apartment complex, the office said.
According to the sheriff’s office, several witnesses reported a speeding crash in Lavigne’s marked car, “according to the sheriff’s office. Despite rescue efforts by accountability and first responders with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue, Laeve. Died of his injuries, office. Said.
Investigators are looking into this fatal accident, and charges were not set against Garrett.
LaVigne is survived by his wife and two adult children – one of whom is also a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office.