Constable Garrett Styles York Regional Police Service Ontario EoW: Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Constable Garrett Styles

York Regional Police Service

End of Watch: Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Biographical Info

Age: 32
Tour of Duty: 7 years
Badge Number: 1405

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Struck by vehicle
Date of Incident: Tuesday, June 28, 2011
Weapon Used: Not available
Suspect Info: Not available

Constable Garrett Styles was killed after being struck by a vehicle while making a traffic stop at approximately 4:50 am.
He had stopped a vehicle at the intersection of Herald Road and Highway 48 in East Gwillimbury. He was outside of his vehicle when he was struck by another car and pinned underneath it. Despite being severely injured, he was able to radio for assistance.
Constable Style was transported to South Lake Regional Health Centre, in Newmarket, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the vehicle that struck him was taken into custody.
Constable Styles had served with the York Regional Police Service for seven years. He is survived by his wife and two young children.

Agency Contact Information
York Regional Police Service
17250 Yonge Street
Newmarket, ON L3Y 4W5
Phone: (866) 876-5423
Please contact the York Regional Police Service for funeral arrangements or for survivor benefit fund information.

Information on this memorial is preliminary. A final determination on line of duty status may be made at a future date.

A York Regional police officer has died after being trapped under a vehicle during a traffic stop east of Newmarket.

Const. Garrett Styles, 32, a seven-year veteran of the force died in hospital.

Police say Styles stopped a vehicle at Herald Rd. and Highway 48 in the town of East Gwillimbury at approximately 4:50 a.m.

They say the officer was struck by a vehicle and pinned underneath it.

He was taken to South Lake Regional Health Centre where he died of his injuries.

“It’s with deep regret that I advise you that a capable officer of the York Regional Police has succumbed to his injuries,” said Police Chief Eric Jolliffe in a brief statement this morning outside the hospital.

“(The family) very much appreciates that at this particular time, that you give them the space to deal with their loss,” he said.

Styles is survived by his wife, Melissa, and two small children. He joined the York Regional Police in December 2003 and became a constable in May 2004.

Police say the driver of the car has also been transported to hospital with serious injuries.

At least one person has reportedly been arrested.

Hwy. 48 is closed from Davis Dr. to Mount Albert Rd. as the York Regional Police Homicide Unit and officers with the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating.

The OPP is advising motorists to expect the closure to remain for most of Tuesday.

OPP Sgt. Dave Woodford said that although the accident took place on a provincial highway, the OPP will not be investigating the officer’s death

He said it is better that one unit, the York Regional Police, probe the incident to streamline the investigation.

Frank Phillips, spokesman for the Special Investigations Unit, says the SIU has not been called in. “This is not our investigation,” he said. “It does not meet our threshold for an investigation.”

The SIU is called in when there is injury or death of a citizen or when a police officer is involved.

Styles comes from a family of police officers, according to sources. His father is a retired staff-sergeant with York Regional Police and his wife Melissa is a civilian employee with the force.

A facebook page has been set up to express condolences as well.


5 Responses to “Constable Garrett Styles York Regional Police Service Ontario EoW: Tuesday, June 28, 2011”

  1. 1 Alana June 28, 2011 at 11:37

    Garrett’s Badge number was #1405. He was an amazing man, and we’re very saddened by the loss.

    • 2 themunz June 28, 2011 at 11:54

      This tribute to him was updated with the information. Many of us have lost another brother we never even had the pleasure of getting to know. We all share in the loss. My deepest and most sincere condolences to those who knew him best.

  2. 3 wellsy June 28, 2011 at 13:22

    I’ve never seen this sight before. Cudo’s from one brother to another. Very smart.

    My heart goes out to Cst Styles’ young family, and to his police family. This one will be tough to deal with, as he was doing what we are expected to do.

    Rest in Peace brother. Rest in Peace

    18 yr O.P.P.

  3. 4 wellsy June 28, 2011 at 13:24

    Just listened to his Chief give a press release. He was dragged by the stolen vehicle he stopped, that eventually rolled over onto him…..

    • 5 themunz June 28, 2011 at 17:24

      It’s tragic that such bad things happen to people who spend their lives trying to do good. But when we signed onto the job we accepted that possibility. It is our families that suffer in the end. I have been to too many funerals. What can you say t the family? Whet can you say to the children? This is what leaves me personally agonizing. Our brother has been taken into gods arms now. No longer will he suffer, he will take up a new post with a new shield. But his family is left behind, and they never signed up for this. Check this young mans memorial .. this was hitting home unfortunately. But read his page and consider what I have just written. Stay safe Bob

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