Not firearms related, so mods feel free to move to wherever you seem appropriate, but I thought the story should be posted.
Homicide detectives are investigating after Const. Garrett Styles died of injuries he incurred when he was dragged and pinned under a vehicle during an early morning traffic stop north of Toronto.
Styles, who would have celebrated his 33rd birthday on Sunday, was a seven-year veteran of the force, York Regional Police said in a release. He is survived by his wife Melissa, a civilian employee of the York Regional Police, and two children, aged 2˝ and nine weeks.
Styles was hit just before 5 a.m. ET Tuesday on Highway 48 near Herald Road in the town of East Gwillimbury.
In a press conference Tuesday afternoon, York Regional Police Chief Eric Jolliffe said Styles had pulled over a 2005 Dodge Caravan and was at the driver's side door when the vehicle suddenly accelerated.
Jolliffe said Styles was dragged approximately 300 metres before the vehicle lost control and rolled over, pinning Styles.
He was rushed to Southlake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, where he was later pronounced dead.
The unlicensed driver, a 15-year-old male from York Region, is in hospital with serious injuries. Police have not released information about any charges.
The other passengers, also youths, are co-operating with police, Jolliffe said.
"It is with deep regret that I advise that a very competent and capable police officer of the York Regional Police has succumbed to his injuries this morning as a result of a traffic stop on the 48 highway," said Jolliffe, who looked visibly shaken.
"This is indeed a significant loss to York Regional Police and the citizens of York region," he added.
Jolliffe said Styles was "a dedicated professional, who always had time to assist others."
"Every member of York Regional Police is devastated by this loss," he said.
Highway 48 was closed between Davis Drive and Mount Albert Road Tuesday as homicide police investigated.
Styles joined the force as a cadet in training in December 2003. He became a constable in May 2004. He recently started working in Newmarket, Aurora and East Gwillimbury after initially working in Richmond Hill.
Styles comes from what Jolliffe described as a "close-knit policing family." His father, Det.-Sgt. Gary Styles, retired in January after serving 33 years with the force.
Const. Garrett Styles had seven years of service with the York Regional Police. Const. Garrett Styles had seven years of service with the York Regional Police. York Regional Police
The officer managed to call for assistance after he was hit, said the CBC's Tony Smyth, reporting from the hospital.
Two York police cruisers escorted his ambulance to the hospital, and others blocked intersections on the way there, said Smyth.
Ontario Premier Dalton McGuinty offered his condolences to the Styles family.
"I was deeply saddened by the death of Const. Garrett Styles, who was killed this morning in the line of duty," he said in a statement on Tuesday.
"We ask a lot of our police officers. We ask them to uphold our laws, protect our homes and, if need be, put our safety before theirs. Our police, and their families, agree to protect us and ours knowing that doing so may mean paying the ultimate sacrifice."
Progressive Conservative Leader Tim Hudak said in a statement that his party's thoughts and prayers are with the Styles family.
"When we lose one of our officers, we’re reminded of the risks they face as they work to keep us out of harm’s way, and the rare combination of skill and bravery that each one brings to the job," he said in a statement.
The president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police, Matt Torigian, said Tuesday many police officers will be stopping to reflect on colleagues who have died in the line of duty.
That includes Toronto Sgt. Ryan Russell, who was struck and killed by a stolen snowplow in January, said Torigian, who is the chief of the Waterloo Regional Police Service.
The last officer from York region to lose his life in the line of duty was Det.-Const. Robert Plunkett, who died in August 2007 while investigating air bag thefts. Plunkett died on a Markham street after being pinned against a tree when a suspect vehicle suddenly and unexpectedly reversed.
A sentencing hearing for Nadeem Jiwa, who was convicted of manslaughter in Plunkett's death, continues on Wednesday.
Just goes to show that there's no such thing as a "routine traffic stop".
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Police officer killed after being dragged by van - Toronto - CBC News