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Police Officer Michael Kevin Saffran | Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

Police Officer

Michael Kevin Saffran

Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Saturday, October 8, 2005

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 45

Tour: 11 months

Badge # 1242

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Shot and killed

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Police Officer Michael Saffran was shot and killed after responding to a bank robbery call at a local bank.

When he arrived on the scene, he observed a vehicle speeding away and he immediately began pursuing it. The suspect vehicle crashed a short distance away at the intersection of Highway 17 and Yadkin Road.

As the pursuing officers exited their vehicle, the suspect pulled a female hostage from the car. When the hostage broke free, the suspect and the officers exchanged gunfire. The suspect, Officer Saffran, and the hostage were all struck by the gunfire. The suspect was killed at the scene. Officer Saffran and the female hostage were transported to Norfolk General Hospital where Officer Saffran died.

Officer Saffran was a US Navy veteran and had served with the Chesapeake Police Department for 11 months. He is survived by his wife and two children.

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I was thinking about you again today Saffy as I was catching up with some old shipmates. We were talking about how well some of the guys off the Shreve were doing, and talking about how we can't believe that its been 13 years since we got out. While talking I was going through my old Navy Photos and seen one I have of you working on one of the rib boats. I know that if you were still with us you too would be one of the old shipmates doing well and living life to the fullest.

I know I'll never forget you Saffy, I have an etching of your name hanging by my desk as a reminder to always stay safe, and as a reminder of why I do this job. Your service to your country, the City of Chesapeake, and your family will never be forgotten.
Former DC3(SW) McClain USS Shreveport LPD-12

Sgt. Jon McClain
Bellevue KY PD
February 3, 2017


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