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Sheriff: Hillsborough deputy killed after suspect intentionally rams into the deputy's vehicle

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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A Hillsborough County deputy was killed in the line of duty Monday evening.

— A Hillsborough County deputy died in the line of duty Monday evening. Hillsborough County Sheriff Chad Chronister said deputies were responding to a call for service from management at the Paddock Club Apartments around 3:42 p. m. Monday. The caller said the man had been throwing furniture and clothes out of his apartment window and front door.

Deputies arrived on scene and make contact," said Sheriff Chad Chronister. The suspect, 28-year-old Travis Garrett, struck a deputy in the head with his fist, according to Sheriff Chronister. Sheriff Chronister said deputies deployed a taser, but it was not effective. Garrett left the area in his car and led deputies on a chase. Sheriff Chronister said Garrett was driving at a high rate of speed when he intentionally rammed into the driver's side of Corporal Brian LaVigne's car.

We will never forget Master Corporal LaVigne for laying down his life in the line of duty. " - Sheriff Chad Chronister pic. twitter. com/k9H256bDKF— HCSO (@HCSOSheriff) January 12, 2021

He is survived by his wife and two daughters, one of who is also a Hillsborough County deputy, the sheriff 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," said Sheriff Chad Chronister.

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