Brandon, FL. – The Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office announced the death of Corporal Brian LaVigne on Monday, who was only one shift away from retirement.
The 30-year-veteran was intentionally hit and killed by a man speeding away from deputies, said Sheriff Chad Chronister.
Authorities say the crash occurred in Brandon on West Lumsden Road near South King’s Avenue.
At about 5PM, deputies responded to a disturbance call about a nude man throwing food at neighbors. When they contacted the man, identified as 28-year-old Travis Garret, he attacked them and struck a deputy multiple times in the head.
A taser was deployed, but was ineffective. Garrett was able to flee in a vehicle, driving through a back gate and out of the apartment complex. Garrett then drove across two lanes of traffic and intentionally hit Corporal LaVigne’s marked police unit on the driver side.
“He had never hit the brakes,” Sheriff Chronister said. “There were no skid marks. He was intentionally running that car into the corporal’s car.”
Firefighters had to use tools to free LaVigne from the wreckage. He was taken to a local hospital where he died.
Travis Garrett is in custody with charges pending in connection with the incident.
Brian LaVigne was 54-years-old. He is survived by his wife and two children, one of whom is a deputy at the sheriff’s office.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to Corporal LaVigne’s family, department, and community.