Login | About Us | Contact Us | Search Connect With ODMP Facebook Twitter
ODMP Remembers...

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

· Leave a Reflection
· Add to My Heroes
· Update this memorial

Share this memorial:
Email to a Friend

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.

Leave a Reflection · Update Memorial

View all 375 Reflections

Most Recent Reflection

Mike--Got a request today to send business cards to a son of a fallen officer. I immediately got out your cards and will send one on. How can I not do this when so many helped your sons nine years ago. It was always the small things that meant so much. Still seems like yesterday. Always in my thoughts. Love you to the moon and back

Bev. Phillips
October 7, 2017


Create an account for more options, or use this form to leave a Reflection now:

(will show below Reflection)
(will show below Reflection)
(e-mail remains private)
Remember my rank, agency and email address
I have read and agree to the Reflections Terms of Use
(revised 5/31/2012)
All 2017 Deaths