February 5, 2016

Darius Garda - Police Officer - Toronto, Canada

Constable Darius Garda died on February 3, 2016, in Toronto, Ontario. 
Darius Garda

Constable Garda was a member of the Toronto Police Department. He worked out of Division 51. 

He is reported to be in his early 30's. 

His body was found on February 4, 2016, near a city pier in the waters of Lake Ontario. 

It is believed that Constable Garda committed suicide. He was on sick leave at the time of this death. He had been receiving professional counselling. 

In April of 2010, Darius Garda and other officers of the Toronto Police Department's Division 51 shot and killed Wieslaw Duda, age 50.  Mr. Duda was suffering from schizophrenia.  Sometime after 1:30 a.m., Mr. Duda had been driving erratically on city streets and when stopped by the police, he refused to exit his vehicle. He drove towards the officers, striking one who flew into Mr. Duda's windshield. 

Several officers opened fire and Mr. Duda was shot and killed. A ruling came down from the Ontario Special Investigations Unit that the officers were justified in opening fire. 

However, Darius Garda was suffering from several mental health issues and as a result of this incident he also developed post traumatic stress disorder and severe depression. It has been reported that this incident put Darius over the edge. 

Michael, Patron Saint of the
Police, pray for Darius and
for those who have lost him.
We must all remember that Police Officers are not robots. Sometimes the job that they are required to do isn't something that they can walk away from at the end of their shift. 

The Toronto Police Department is in mourning over the death of their young brother. Darius was a well respected officer. He was a caring man and was well liked. He is described as moral, sensitive and mild mannered.

Darius' loved ones are devastated over his sudden and tragic death. He did his best. He will be forever mourned.

Darius is survived by many loving comrades, friends and family members who will forever miss him. 

Pray for all who are tormented by mental illness of every kind. 

Pray that Darius is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen.

Pray that Wieslaw Duda is in Heaven. Pray that he is at peace and is with God. Amen. 

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