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January 13, 2021

Florida Deputy, 30-Year Veteran, Killed the Day Before Retirement by Suspect in Pursuit

Hillsborough County, FL – A Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Corporal was killed the day before his retirement after a suspect plowed into his vehicle during a pursuit.

Corporal Brian LaVigne, 54 years old, was sitting in his car with the overhead lights activated on the shoulder of Lumsden Road, not involved in the pursuit of 28-year-old Travis Zachary Gabriel Garrett by other officers.

Garrett sped away from officers in a Nissan Maxima and suddenly veered across two lanes of traffic and to the right, towards LaVigne’s patrol car. Over the radio, one of the deputies in pursuit yelled, “He’s aiming for your car. Get out of the way, get out of the [...]

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January 4, 2021

Update: Third Suspect Captured After Running Over Florida Officer With ATV

Avon Park, FL – The third suspect has been arrested in an incident that left a Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation officer beaten and run over by an ATV.

On Sunday, Michel Amalfi and Lazaro Milian were arrested for their role in the incident while the third person involved was at large. Now, the third suspect, Rodrigo Alberto Mato La Rosa, is in custody. La Rosa is 27 years old and from Hialeah. Police located him in South Florida after he attacked and assaulted a police officer, then was one of two men to run him over on a side-by-side ATV.

La Rosa faces a charge of attempted murder on a law enforcement officer as well as resisting arrest.

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January 3, 2021

Suspect on the Run After Beating Officer and Running Him Over With ATV, $5k Reward Offered

Avon Park, FL – The Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission is on the lookout for a suspect involved in an incident where one of their officers was run over with an ATV. There is a $5,000 reward for information leading to the unidentified suspect’s arrest.

The suspect is accused of attacking and assaulting the officer with another man (who has been captured), and being one of two men to run over the officer on a side-by-side SUV.

Captain Brooks of the FWC said, “He knows what he’s done and he needs to turn himself in. Whether he wants to turn himself in or you want to make $5,000 that’s up to him.”

Saturday evening, an unidentified officer [...]

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December 14, 2020

Orlando Police Officers Save Family Trapped in Submerged Vehicle

Orlando, FL – Several police officers from the Orlando Police Department are being credited with saving the lives of a father and a four-year-0ld boy who were trapped in a submerged vehicle.

Body cam footage shows a 12-year-old boy crying and begging police to help his father and his brother out of the vehicle, which was upside down in a retention pond near Lee Vista Boulevard and Vista East Parkway. The 44-year-old father was driving a Nissan Sentra when reportedly an animal ran out into the roadway. He swerved to avoid a collision, but lost control, hit a curb, and drove over the median and into the pond.

A bystander witnessed the collision and rushed to help [...]

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