Suspect dead in officer-involved shooting at Va. Beach Oceanfront


VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (WAVY) — A Norfolk man suspected of assaulting a woman was shot and killed by an officer early Tuesday morning at the Virginia Beach Oceanfront, police say.

Virginia Beach police said officers were dispatched to the Mayflower Apartments on 34th Street just after 1:30 a.m. when someone called 911 and reported witnessing a man assault a woman.

This photo from Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, shows Virginia Beach police at the scene of an officer-involved shooting at the Oceanfront. Police said the suspect of an alleged assault was shot and killed. (Credit: WAVY/LaVoy Harrell)

The suspect ran from the apartment complex and crossed Pacific Avenue, according to police.

Responding officers were flagged down by a witness, who told them the suspect was armed with a gun and provided them with a description of the suspect as well as a direction in which he fled.

Police said officers found the suspect in the 300 block of 35th Street with a gun. Officers told him to drop the weapon, but he did not comply and pointed the gun at police.

One of the officers fired his gun, striking the suspect, police said. The suspect, who was later identified as 43-year-old Michael James Murphy, of Norfolk, was pronounced dead at the scene. 

Police said the woman was hit multiple times by Murphy with a metal object, which resulted in serious injuries. She was taken to the hospital, but her injuries are not believed to be life-threatening.

A person who witnessed the alleged assault tried to intervene, according to police. This person armed himself with a “long gun,” but did not fire the weapon.

Police said investigations into the incident will be conducted by the Investigative Division/Homicide Unit, Internal Affairs Division and the Office of Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney Colin Stolle.

According to police, the officer who shot the suspect was not wearing a body camera, since cameras have not been issued to second precinct officers.

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