Police Officer Michael Kevin Saffran

Police Officer Michael Kevin Saffran

Chesapeake Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Saturday, October 8, 2005

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Michael Kevin Saffran

Police Officer Michael Saffran was shot and killed after responding to a bank robbery call at a local bank.

When he arrived on the scene, he observed a vehicle speeding away and he immediately began pursuing it. The suspect vehicle crashed a short distance away at the intersection of Highway 17 and Yadkin Road.

As the pursuing officers exited their vehicle, the suspect pulled a female hostage from the car. When the hostage broke free, the suspect and the officers exchanged gunfire. The suspect, Officer Saffran, and the hostage were all struck by the gunfire. The suspect was killed at the scene. Officer Saffran and the female hostage were transported to Norfolk General Hospital where Officer Saffran died.

Officer Saffran was a US Navy veteran and had served with the Chesapeake Police Department for 11 months. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 45
  • Tour 11 months
  • Badge 1242
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

robbery, vehicle pursuit

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Mike and I served on the USS Shreveport during OIF/OEF. He was knowledgeable on the job. He loved smoking a good cigar at the end of the workday. While on deployment or an underway period; I would see him on the smoke deck. When I smelled a cigar he was not far away. I never saw him upset until one of the guys called him dude on the boat deck and replied “I’m not a dude, I’m Petty Officer Saffran”. His respect was a reflection of what was received by him. He was knowledgeable as an Engineman in the Navy. After he retired he told me he was pursuing his career as LE. We exchanged emails prior to him retiring sad part is I never got a chance to email him. I remember Johnny F. telling me what happened and just balled into tears crying. One thing about Mike was he loved the country he served, his cigars and his family nonetheless. RIP Saffran. You are truly missed my good friend. When I see officers 10-8 on the beat. I always think of you my man. To his family, I never earned the chance to express my condolences for your bereavement but I’m sure you keep his legacy alive. Peace and Blessings. W. Anderson, BM2 USS Shreveport 02-07.

BM2(SW) Anderson
USS Shreveport LPD-12

September 28, 2021

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