September 10, 2004
Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Michal Shanley, (863) 534-6631 OR (863) 819-0397 Pager
Deputy Charged with Aggravated Assault with Firearm
A Polk County Sheriff's Office deputy was
charged last night with Aggravated Assault with a Firearm and
transported to a mental health facility for evaluation after threatening
to harm himself and his wife.
Garrison, DOB 1/26/54, (address not released due to law enforcement
status) was arrested and charged by officers of the Winter Haven Police
Department and transported to Winter Haven Hospital for psychological
evaluation under provisions of the Baker Act.
According to Winter Haven Police, at around 11 p.m. last night
(Thursday, Sept. 9, 2004) Garrison was sitting in his living room and
holding a handgun in his lap. He reportedly threatened to shoot his wife
and himself. Fearing for her safety, his wife left the residence and
called for help. Sheriff's Office and Winter Haven Police Department
members responded to the residence and took Garrison into custody and
transported him to Winter Haven Hospital for evaluation.
Garrison, who is a member of the traffic unit, joined the Sheriff's
Office in 1989, and resigned in 1993. He was hired again in 1994,
resigning in 1997. He was hired again in 1998. He has been
employed with the PCSO for a total of 6 years. His current salary is
$38,809. Following his arrest, Garrison was placed on administrative
leave with pay pending the results of both the criminal investigation
and an internal review.