Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 9 years
Badge # 754
Incident Date: 8/7/2008
Weapon: Gun; Unknown type
Suspect: Pleaded guilty to capital murder
Detective Michael Phillips was shot and killed while conducting an undercover buy-bust narcotics operation in the Green Run Shopping Center 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.