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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The one thing, I can reflect on Mike the most was he loved his family and cigars. I’d often see him about on the deck plates and it was always great encounters between he and I. The memories are faint but I know Johnny and some of the other guys in Auxiliary viewed his as an awesome guy. I remember Saff verbally correct a guy on the boat deck for calling him a dude. Mike replied “my name is not dude....it’s Petty Officer Saffran.

I had a great deal of respect for EN1 if you respected him, you received the same respect in return. Rest In Peace Mike. You are forever in our memories.

BM2(SW) W. Anderson
USS Shreveport LPD-12

May 13, 2020

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