Police convene outside South Lake Regional Health Centre in Newmarket, Ont., after a York Regional Police officer died after being struck by a vehicle and trapped underneath it during a traffic stop east of Newmarket today. — Photo by The Canadian Press
NEWMARKET, Ont. — The president of the Ontario Association of Chiefs of Police says the death this morning of an officer during a traffic stop north of Toronto is a sober reminder of the risks police face every day.
Police Chief Matt Torigian (tor-REE’-gee-an) says it is an extremely sad day for all police following the death of Const. Garrett Styles.
Styles was struck and pinned beneath a vehicle he pulled over in East Gwillimbury north of Toronto at about 5 a.m. He died an hour later in hospital.
The 32-year-old officer was a seven-year veteran of the force, and married with two small children.
Torigian says many police officers will be stopping to reflect today on colleagues who have died in the line of duty, including Toronto Sgt. Ryan Russell, who was struck and killed by a stolen snowplow in January.
The York Regional Police Homicide Unit and officers with the Collision Reconstruction Unit are investigating Styles’s death.
Police say the driver of the vehicle has been transported to hospital with serious injuries.
Styles joined York Regional Police as a cadet-in-training in December 2003 and became a constable in May 2004.