Detective Delberth Phipps, Jr.

Detective Delberth Phipps, Jr.

Virgin Islands Police Department, Virgin Islands

End of Watch Tuesday, July 4, 2023

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Delberth Phipps, Jr.

Detective Delberth Phipps was shot and killed when he and several other officers responded to reports of an armed subject in the Jah Yard area of Hospital Ground shortly before 8:00 am.

As the officers arrived they encountered a subject wearing a ballistic vest and armed with a semi-automatic rifle. The man opened fire on officers and shot Detective Phipps during the ensuing shootout. The subject was also wounded and taken into custody.

Detective Phipps was transported to Schneider Regional Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

The man had been arrested for an unrelated murder several months earlier and was out on bond at the time he murdered Detective Phipps.

Detective Phipps had served with the Virgin Islands Police Department for seven years.


  • Age 42
  • Tour 7 years
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle; Semi-automatic
  • Offender Shot and wounded

murder suspect, weapons violation

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I just read this. I am a retired Sgt. from Suffolk County PD, NY.
My heart goes out to family and friends. I worked with VIPD a number of years ago.

Sgt. 826 Peter Kelly
Suffolk County Police Department New York

March 25, 2024

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