Police Officer George Stefan DeSalvia

Police Officer George Stefan DeSalvia

Orlando Police Department, Florida

End of Watch Thursday, February 3, 2000

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George Stefan DeSalvia

Officer George DeSalvia was shot and killed while backing up another officer during a traffic stop on John Young Parkway between 33rd Street and LB McLeod Road.

The second officer had arrested one of the occupants of the vehicle on an outstanding warrant. As Officer DeSalvia and the second officer attempted to remove the driver from the vehicle, he pulled out a .40 caliber Glock handgun and shot Officer DeSalvia in the head. He then began shooting at the second officer, who was between the cruiser and the suspect's vehicle, striking him several times. Neither officer was able to return fire before the suspect fled the scene.

Officer DeSalvia was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead. The second officer was admitted to a local hospital in critical condition. He survived but was paralyzed.

The shooter was arrested several hours later after a manhunt involving several hundred police officers from several jurisdictions. A third occupant of the car was also arrested.

On October 17, 2001, the shooter, 21, was found guilty of first-degree murder of a police officer and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.

Officer DeSalvia had served with the Orlando Police Department for eight months. He is survived by his wife and three young children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 8 months
  • Badge 577

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun; .40 caliber
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Back up for fellow officer(s), traffic stop

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Tomorrow marks 23 years since you were senselessly taken from us. I was off that night, but I saw you at the station just three hours before you were murdered. I cannot escape the guilt of not being there for you, brother. I am a teacher now, first year, and I teach 200 high school kids in a criminal justice class. I told all of them about you today, and what a great man, father, husband, son, friend and cop you were. I told them of your service to our nation and community, and your sacrifice. I talked with them about living a life worth living, and the love we have for each other on the thin blue line upon which we stood. I asked my students to make your sacrifice worth it. They were moved by the lesson, may they never forget.

They say we all die, someday. They also say that if no one says our name after we die, that we die twice. We will never let that happen, Sal. RIP brother. We love you, man.

Officer James Ruhl
Orlando Police Department (RET)

February 2, 2023

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