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Just an awful story out of Brandon. Heartbreaking and infuriating. Master Corporal Brian LaVigne was one shift away from his retirement after spending over 30 years with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office, according to a post to the HCSO Facebook page tonight. And now the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office is mourning the loss of one of their own.

They say this all began this afternoon at 3:42pm when they got a 911 call from management at the Paddock Club Apartments. There were reports that a man had been throwing property out of his window and front door. When officers arrived, they talked to the guy but didn’t find any reason to arrest him. A little over an hour later, a resident said he was nude, throwing cookies at neighbors and acting erratically.

When HCSO deputies returned, they say 28 year old Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett was confrontational and struck one of the deputies in the head. They used a taser to try to get this guy under control, but were unsuccessful. That’s when they say Garrett got in his car and took off. Witnesses say Garrett intentionally rammed into Master Corporal Brian LaVigne who was in a marked HSCO vehicle. LaVigne was rushed Tampa General Hospital, but he did not survive.

HCSO Corporal dies in the line of duty

The Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office is investigating a fatal accident that claimed the life of one of our own Monday evening.At approximately 3:42 p.m. on January 11, 2021, HCSO received a 911 call from management at Paddock Club Apartments, located at 921 Paddock Club Drive in Brandon. The caller reported that a black male had been throwing property out of his apartment window and front door. The caller also stated that this individual has threatened to harm staff in the past. Deputies spoke to the man through the door, but there was no cause for arrest at the time.Later, at approximately 5:03 p.m., another disturbance is called into HCSO's Communications Bureau. This time, a neighbor called to report that a black male was nude and acting erratically. Again, management from the Paddock Club Apartments called to report the same complaint.When deputies arrived at the scene the second time, they attempted to establish a dialogue with Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett, 28, but were unsuccessful. Garrett then became combative and struck one of the responding deputies, Michael Durig, Jr. multiple times. It was then that the second responding deputy, Adam Pautz, deployed his taser once without success, forcing Deputy Durig to deploy his taser two times, also without success.Garrett fled in his car, while Deputy Durig and Deputy Pautz gave chase. Deputy Pautz tries to block Garrett, however, Garrett is able to get past him and crashes through one of the apartment complex's gated entrances. Garrett continued to flee onto Brandon Parkway, and then westbound onto Lumsden Road, where, according to several witnesses, he intentionally rammed into Master Corporal Brian LaVigne at a high rate of speed. Master Corporal LaVigne was operating his marked HCSO vehicle.Master Corporal LaVigne's fellow deputies worked heroically to try and tend to his injuries, while Hillsborough County Fire Rescue attempted to extricate Master Corporal LaVigne for several minutes. Despite their courageous efforts and those on frontlines at Tampa General Hospital, Master Corporal LaVigne passed away while in the line of duty."???????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????????????? ???????????? ???????????????? ???? ???????????????? ???????? ???????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ????????????????????????????'???? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????? ????????????????, ???????????? ???????? ???????????? ???????????????? ???????????????? ???????????????? ???????????????? ????????????????????????????????????????," ???????????????? ???????????????????????????? ???????????????? ????????????????????????????????????????. "???????? ???????????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????? ???????????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????? ???????????? ???????????????? ???????? ???????????? ???????????????? ???????? ???????????????? ???????? ???????????? ???????????????????????????????? ???????? ???????????? ???????????????????? ???????????????????????????? ???????????? ???????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????? ???????????????????? ???????? ???????????????????????? ???????????????? ???????????? ???????????????????????????????????????? ???????????????????????????????????????????? ???????????? ???????????? ???????????????????? ???????????? ????????????????????????????????????????????."Master Corporal LaVigne was set to retire this week. He was 54 years old. He is survived by his wife, and two adult children, one of whom is also a deputy with the Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office.HCSO is investigating the fatal incident and charges against Garrett are forthcoming. He does not have any arrest history in Hillsborough County, but he was previously Baker Acted in Pasco County.

Posted by Hillsborough County Sheriff's Office on Monday, January 11, 2021

LaVigne was just 54 and leaves behind his wife and 2 adult children. One of them is also a deputy with the HCSO. LaVigne had been with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office for over 30 years and they say he was just one shift away from retirement.

Garrett is in custody. The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office said Garrett had no prior record in Hillsborough County but was once Baker Acted in Pasco County.


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