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Police Officer George Stefan DeSalvia | Orlando Police Department, Florida Orlando Police Department, Florida

Police Officer

George Stefan DeSalvia

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch: Thursday, February 3, 2000

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 29

Tour: 8 months

Badge # 577

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 2/3/2000

Weapon: Handgun; .40 caliber

Suspect: Sentenced to life

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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.

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Nearly 14 years since you were taken from us brother...man, I wish I could have been there for you. I remember that goofy smile, and all of the questions you asked me relentlessly. I never minded. Your thirst for knowledge was impressive, and your work ethic outstanding.

You were a tremendous young officer, devoted father, and a great friend. Your memory has carried on with us, and we will never forget.

You are greatly missed George!

DET Jim Ruhl
Orlando Police Department
January 30, 2014

 

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