Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett Biography — Wiki
Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett is the suspect who is accused of killing Hillsborough County Sheriff’s deputy Master Corporal Brian LaVigne by ramming his car Monday night, now faces a slew of charges, including first-degree murder, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Garrett was fleeing deputies who responded to his Brandon apartment Monday when he crossed two lanes of traffic and slammed into the driver’s side of a parked car driven by Master Corporal Brian LaVigne, Sheriff Chad Chronister said.
LaVigne was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died of his injuries.
Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett Age
Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett is 28 years old.
Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett rammed into deputy LaVigne
The chain of events began when deputies were called to Paddock Club Brandon Apartments at 3:45 p.m. Monday. Deputies were told Garrett had been throwing clothes and furniture off his balcony, they said. They spoke to Garrett through the door, confirmed no crime had been committed and cleared the call.
A little over an hour later, Chronister said, deputies received another call about Garrett being nude and throwing food at neighbors. Two deputies said that when they responded, Garrett attacked them, hitting one of them in the head multiple times. Both deputies tried to use a Taser on him but were unsuccessful.
Garrett got into a car, rammed through a back gate and fled out of the apartment complex. Then he crossed two lanes of traffic to intentionally hit LaVigne’s marked patrol car on the driver side with the front of his car, Chronister said.
“He had never hit the brakes,” Chronister said. “There were no skid marks. He was intentionally running that car into the corporal’s car.”
Deputies were unable to immediately reach LaVigne, who was unresponsive, to implement life-saving measures because of the severity of the crash. Firefighters used tools to free him, and he was taken to Tampa General Hospital, where he died from his injuries.
What we know so far about Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett
Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett has no criminal history in Hillsborough, had an unprocessed aggravated assault charge from Georgia and had been Baker Acted in Pasco County in 2017, Chronister said.
In addition to the murder charge, Garrett faces charges of DUI manslaughter; vehicular homicide; two counts of battery on a law enforcement officer, for fighting with the deputies who responded to his apartment; two counts of resisting arrest with violence; felony criminal mischief; and aggravated fleeing to elude.
LaVigne, a field training officer who mentored young deputies, is survived by a wife and two children, one of whom is also a deputy.