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Master Corporal Brian LaVigne: Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office (FL) | Fallen Heroes

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Brian LaVigne

“Master Corporal Brian LaVigne was a part of the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office family since 1990, and he was just one shift away from retirement. We will never forget Master Corporal LaVigne for laying down his life in the line of duty or the response of his squad members who did everything they could to ensure that the individual responsible for his death was apprehended.” – Sheriff Chad Chronister

Deputies had responded to an apartment complex nearby after a man started throwing furniture and clothing off his balcony. A short time later the man disrobed and started throwing food at neighbors. The man attacked responding deputies, striking one of them in the head multiple times. Attempts to stop the attack with electric control weapon failed and he was able to break free. He was able to get into a car and drove through a closed gate.

Master Corporal Brian LaVigne was killed when his patrol car was intentionally rammed by another vehicle on West Lumsden Road, near South King’s Avenue, in Brandon.

The subject was arrested following the collision.

The man intentionally drove across multiple lanes of traffic and struck Corporal LaVigne’s patrol car on the driver’s door at a high rate of speed. Deputies were unable to free Corporal LaVigne and he had to be extricated by rescue units. He was transported to Tampa General Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

Corporal LaVigne had served with the Hillsborough County Sheriff’s Office and was killed the day before his last scheduled shift before retirement. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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Jim Piwowarczykhttps://www.wisconsinrightnow.com/
Jim Piwowarczyk is an investigative journalist and co-founder of Wisconsin Right Now. Married with 3 kids, a chocolate lab, and a german shepherd. Jim served as a police officer in Wisconsin for more than 20 years. His career started as a police officer in Milwaukee County in 1994 as a patrol officer, until he was promoted to patrol sergeant in 2003 where he worked until he left in 2009 to pursue business aspirations. Jim Piwowarczyk was a field training officer, evidence technician & hostage negotiator and conducted many drug investigations. Jim continued to work part-time for an area police department. Jim is avid real estate investor, and small business owner & developer. Jim has coached youth football and basketball. Jim is also an avid fisherman and hunter.

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