Date: September 10, 2004 "For Immediate Release"
To: News Media
From: Sheriff Lawrence W. Crow, Jr.
Media Contact:

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.

Kevin 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.


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