It’s been reported that Sgt. Brian LaVigne was one shift away from retirement when he was killed in the line of duty. LaVigne was 54 years old.
On January 11thHillsborough County Sheriff deputies were called to the Paddock Club apartments in Brandon over a few calls regarding disturbances. Deputies were informed that Travis Garrett (28) was allegedly smashing glass outside of his apartment.
Officers were called back to the Paddock Club apartments to find Garret allegedly wandering around naked while tossing items outside of his apartment. Officers would eventually confront Garret who at the moment was taking selfies of himself.
Garret would eventually get tasered which shockingly had little to no effect on him. Garret allegedly began to say “God Bless you” and “I Love You” while being violent with the deputies.
Garret would then get into his car and ram it into LaVigne’s police cruiser. LaVigne was traveling at a speed of over 76mph at the time of the deadly impact.
It’s said that LaVigne’s cause of death was blunt force trauma to his head and his spinal cord.
Video footage was presented that showed Garret’s erratic and insane behavior. Footage that showed him babbling incoherently through the footage of a police camera. Judge Catlin denied any form of bond for Garret after witnessing the video footage, as well as ruling him a threat. Travis Garret was charged with first-degree murder.
The Hillsborough County Board of County Commissioners will honor the fallen Sgt. Brian LaVigne with a special ceremony on February 3, 2021.