Detective Michael Smith Phillips

Detective Michael Smith Phillips

Virginia Beach Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Thursday, August 7, 2008

Michael Smith Phillips

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.


  • Age 37
  • Tour 9 years
  • Badge 754
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Pleaded guilty to capital murder

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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

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