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Officer Tony Jackson Garrett | Carrollton Police Department, Georgia Carrollton Police Department, Georgia

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Tony Jackson Garrett

Carrollton Police Department, Georgia

End of Watch: Sunday, December 28, 1975

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 28

Tour: Not available

Badge # Not available

Cause: Vehicle pursuit

Incident Date: 12/26/1975

Weapon: Not available

Offender: Apprehended

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Officer Tony Garrett was killed in an automobile accident during a high speed vehicle pursuit with an intoxicated driver that lasted for 45 minutes and went through two counties. Officer Garrett was a passenger in the patrol car.

The suspect caused a state trooper to crash also, seriously injuring him, before crashing and being arrested.

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The longest 45 minutes of my life and the saddest days of my life. Tony struggled to stay alive. He had good reason. His wife was 8 months pregnant with a child he would never see. This incident changes the lives of all in the department and community, but not as much as his wifes.
Cpl. Donnie Bates was critically injured and Georgia State Trooper Buddy Horton was also injured.
Like many others, Tony was a Viet Nam Veteran, only to come home and loose his life.
I will always remember you, all of those hurt duirng this incident and your willingness to come to my call for help.

Lt/Detective Tommy D. Payne, Ret.
Alumni-Carrollton Police Department
December 27, 2014

 

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