Constable

Chris Garrett

Cobourg Police

May 15th, 2004

Age: 39 / Chris was with Cobourg Police for 13 years and 5 years with Peel Regional Police.

 

Chris Garrett was Married with 2 Children.

 


Circumstances

At approximately 03:00 hours, Constable Garrett responded to a call involving the alleged robbery of an 18-year-old Cobourg resident. Constable Garrett was unaware that in fact there was no robbery and he was being lured into a planned ambush. When Constable Garrett arrived he began taking the details of the alleged robbery and radioed his colleagues a description of a suspect. This left Constable Garrett alone with the supposed victim while the other officers searched for a suspect. While trying to help this apparent victim, Constable Garrett was suddenly attacked with a knife and suffered a mortal wound to his throat. Although dying, Constable Garrett somehow managed to draw his firearm and pursue his attacker, firing off his entire clip of 17 bullets. Constable Garrett was able to wound his murderer with his last shot before he succumbed to his injury. Troy Davey, who murdered Constable Garrett, was arrested at the Cobourg Hospital when he attended as a result of the gun shot injury.


It was later learned through the investigation that the actions of Davey that night were part of a larger, detailed scheme. After killing the police officer, he planned to steal a car and kill two attendants at a local gas station, then go to the Cobourg Police Station and set off two homemade anti-personnel explosive devices. He also planned to shoot police officers and civilian employees at the police station using a shotgun in his possession and the firearm stolen from the officer he had initially murdered. The heroic actions of Constable Garrett while he was mortally wounded thus prevented a greater tragedy by halting this heinous chain of events. Constable Garrett was awarded the Star of of Courage for his gallantry just before he died.