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 was my LPO (Direct supervisor) on the USS Shreveport.
It was his last Command before he retired.
Mike came off to all of us in Auxiliaries Division as a hard ass at first.
Serving with him for the short time that I did, I got to know a great guy.
Always talked about his family. His wife, daughter and grandson; whom he affectionately referred to as “the boy”.
A fine cigar aficionado, he closed out each night at sea on the smoke deck, cigar in his hand to watch the sun go down over the ocean.
I will always have fond memories of Mike.
May he Rest In Peace.

EN1 Patrick Bedard

April 20, 2019

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