On May 15th, 2004 at approximately 03:00 hours, Constable Chris Garrett of the Cobourg Police Service 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.
Constable Garrett’s murderer, Troy Davey, 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 Davey’s actions 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 home-made anti-personnel explosive devices. He also planned to shoot police officers and civilian employees at the police station using a shot gun in his possession and the firearm stolen from the officer he had initially murdered.
Constable Garrett’s heroic actions while he was mortally wounded prevented a greater tragedy by halting this heinous chain of events.