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

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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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.

(CNN)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, according to a press release from HCSO.

The deputies responded to the same location around 5 p. m. after the Garrett was reported to be nude and acting erratically, according to the release.

Deputies attempted to talk to the suspect on their second visit but he was "unresponsive" and "became combative and struck one of the responding deputies. . . multiple times," the release said.

Both responding deputies deployed their tasers "without success," according to the release, 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, the release said.

Several witnesses reported the suspect "intentionally rammed into Master LaVigne at a high rate of speed," as he was in his marked HCSO vehicle, the release said.

Deputies tended to LaVigne's injuries and first responders with Hillsborough County Fire Rescue attempted to extricate him for several minutes, according to the release.

"Despite their courageous efforts and those on frontlines at Tampa General Hospital, Master Corporal LaVigne passed away while in the line of duty," the release said.

"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.

LaVigne leaves behind a wife and two adult children, one of whom is also a deputy with the same Sheriff's Office, the release said.

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