Deputy Sheriff Bradford Allen Garafola
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office, Louisiana
End of Watch: Sunday, July 17, 2016
Tour of Duty: 24 years
Badge Number: Not available
Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: July 17, 2016
Weapon Used: Rifle
Suspect Info: Shot and killed
Agency Contact Information
Sheriff Sid Gautreaux III
East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office
8900 Jimmy Wedell Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70807
Phone: (225) 389-5055
Deputy Sheriff Brad Garafola, Corporal Montrell Jackson, and Police Officer Matthew Gerald, both of the Baton Rouge Police Department, were shot and killed by a subject outside of a convenience store at 9611 Airline Highway shortly before 9:00 am.
Officers had received reports of a subject walking along the roadway carrying a rifle. As responding officers arrived in the area they were ambushed by the subject. Deputy Garafola, Corporal Jackson, and Officer Gerald were killed and three other officers were wounded, including one who was critically wounded.
The subject was shot and killed by other responding officers.
Deputy Garafola had served with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office for 24 years. He is survived by his wife and four children.
"Greater love hath no man than this, that a man lay down his life for his friends." John 15:13. There are no words to adequately express the sorrow in losing our brother, Deputy Bradford Allen "Brad" Garafola. He began his employment with the East Baton Rouge Parish Sheriff’s Office on April 23, 1992 at the age of 21. He worked in the Parish Prison as a Corrections Deputy for 2 years and then transferred to Uniform Patrol, serving at the Kleinpeter Substation and in the Traffic Division. In 2007, Brad transferred to the Civil Division where he worked in Civil Process and lastly in Foreclosures. He received the Civil Deputy of the Month award twice during his career. Brad touched the lives of many people, in ways that we were not even aware of until now. Although his home was split between being an Alabama, Roll Tide fan, Brad was a true LSU fan. Go Tigers! Brad leaves behind his wife Tonja and four children, Garrett Garafola, Braley Nikole Garafola, Brad Allen Garafola Jr. and Samantha Miley Garafola. Parents, John and Emily Marie Garafola (Baton Rouge, La.), his brothers, John Brett Garafola (Baton Rouge, La.) and Brian (Christie) Garafola (Livonia, La). He is also survived by his mother-in-law, Mary Ellen (Glenn) Wells (Denham Springs, La.), sister-in-law, Jennifer Lemoine (Denham Springs, La.). A brother-in-law, James Cooper (fiance’ Kenya Harris both of Baton Rouge, La.), sister-in-law Natasha (Cory) Dufrene (Walker, La.), paternal uncle "SJ" (Linda) Garafola (Denham Springs, La.), and (maternal aunt) Sheila Currier (Loranger, La.). Brad also leaves behind, a grandmother, Ms. Dorothy Hardegree (Mobile, Alabama). Brad cherished the friendship he held between, Mr. Robert Bowman and Mr. Anthony Aguiniga, who he both enjoyed cooking and entertaining with. He also leaves behind a host of nieces, nephews and countless friends. Brad is preceded in death by paternal grandparents Sam (Ethel) Garafola, maternal grandparents Austin (Christine) Miley. Brad was a 1989 graduate of Broadmoor High School in Baton Rouge, La., where he also played baseball and football. The family request visiting hours to be observed on Saturday, July 23, 2016 from 12 pm until the Funeral Service at 2pm, located at Istrouma Baptist Church, 10500 Sam Rushing Drive, Baton Rouge, LA 70816. There will be no graveside service, but there will be a processional from Istrouma Baptist Church to Greenoaks Funeral Home. There will also be a Catholic Mass at the St. Jean Vianney Church on Saturday, July 23, 2016 beginning at 10am. This Mass will be open to family, friends of the family and members of the church. The Garafola family wishes to express their sincerest thanks to the men and women of the East Baton Rouge Sheriff’s Office, Baton Rouge Police Department, Louisiana State Police and all other Law Enforcement agencies. Thanks and well wishes also are expressed to the many families, companies and people from around the world that have shown their support, love and most of all their heart.