Police Officer George Stefan DeSalvia

Police Officer George Stefan DeSalvia

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, February 3, 2000

George Stefan DeSalvia

Officer George DeSalvia was shot and killed while backing up another officer during a traffic stop.

The second officer had arrested one of the occupants of the vehicle on an outstanding warrant. As Officer DeSalvia and the second officer attempted to remove the driver from the vehicle, he pulled out a .40 caliber Glock handgun and shot officer DeSalvia in the head. He then began shooting at the second officer, who was between the cruiser and the suspect's vehicle, striking him several times. Neither officer was able to return fire before the suspect fled the scene.

Officer DeSalvia was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The second officer was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition. The shooter was arrested several hours later after a manhunt involving several hundred police officers from several jurisdictions. A third occupant of the car was also arrested.

On October 17, 2001, the shooter was found guilty of first-degree murder of a police officer and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Officer DeSalvia had been employed with the Orlando Police Department for eight months, and is survived by his wife and three young children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge 577

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .40 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

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18 years since that day. I thank you every time I look down at my wrist and see that subtle reminder of you looking out for all of us here at OPD. Your family is doing awesome, much because of your spirit. Unfortunately, we must engrave the name of another from our hiring class on the wall this year. Show her the beauty of heaven until we all can meet again. Thank you for keeping us safe and Happy Belated Birthday, my man!

Lt. D. Esan
Orlando Police Department

February 9, 2018

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