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Detective Michael Smith Phillips | Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia


Michael Smith Phillips

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Thursday, August 7, 2008

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 37

Tour: 9 years

Badge # 754

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Pleaded guilty to capital murder

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Detective Michael Phillips was shot and killed while conducting an undercover buy-bust narcotics operation in the Green Run Shopping Center, at 3312 Holland Road, in Virginia Beach.

During an arranged meet Detective Phillips met with two suspects. While Detective Phillips spoke with one of the suspects, the second suspect approached and opened fire, striking the officer multiple times. The team of investigative officers were able to detain both suspects. Detective Phillips died on the scene from the gunshot wounds.

Both men were charged with murder. One of the subjects pleaded guilty to murder in December 2010 and was sentenced to life in prison. The second suspect was convicted of murder in October 2011 and subsequently sentenced to 68 years in prison.

Detective Phillips had served with the Virginia Beach Police Department for 6 years and had previously served with the Hampton Police Department for three years and with the United States Air Force during Desert Storm. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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Mike--We had our ninth reunion on Monday where we gather annually to remember you. I will forever remember a great friend and officer.
Your wife and sons continue to do you proud.

Retired Sgt Michael Canny
Hampton Police Division
August 10, 2017


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