Man shot and killed by VBPD had history of domestic violence, assault on law enforcement

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — Virginia Beach Police identified the man shot and killed by an officer early Tuesday morning as 43-year-old Michael Murphy. 

Court documents obtained by 10 On Your Side show Murphy had a history of domestic violence and issues with law enforcement. 

On Tuesday morning officers were responding to a domestic violence 911 call at the Mayflower apartments. The caller reported a man brutally beating a woman in the hallway with a metal object. Witnesses at the scene said he was the woman’s ex-boyfriend. 

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Court paperwork shows Murphy was arrested and convicted of assault and battery on his wife back in 2015. She wrote that Murphy put a gun in her mouth and threatened to kill her while she held their infant son. She went on to say she was terrified of him and feared for her life.

A protection order was issued for her and her children against Murphy.

In 2016, Murphy’s wife said he threatened to kill her again and she obtained another protection order. 

Murphy also has a violation for failure to attend a court-ordered batterer’s intervention group.  

In 2015, Virginia Beach asked for his concealed handgun permit from the City of Norfolk be surrendered to the court.

Other court documents show Murphy has a felony conviction for assaulting a law enforcement officer in 2016. 

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