One dead after domestic dispute leads to officer-involved shooting

Posted at 3:43 AM, Sep 18, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-20 13:57:36-04

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. - One male suspect is dead in an officer-involved shooting after Virginia Beach Police responded to the 300 block of 35th Street for a domestic dispute call at the Mayflower Apartments nearby. 

According to Virginia Beach Police, officers responded to the Mayflower Apartments in the 200 block of 34th Street around 1:30 a.m. for a domestic dispute between 43-year-old Michael James Murphy and a female victim.

When police arrived, a witness reportedly flagged down the officers, telling them that Murphy had a gun, gave a description and said he ran from the scene. A Good Samaritan also before police arrived tried to intervene at the apartment complex, arming himself with a long gun (possibly a rifle) but did not discharge it during the confrontation with Murphy.

VBPD said this is when officers located Murphy in the 300 block of 35th street scene and shot him after he allegedly pointed a gun at them. Officers reportedly told Murphy to drop the weapon. Murphy died at the scene.

The female victim was allegedly struck multiple times by Murphy with a metal object resulting in serious injuries. At this time those injuries are believed to be non-life threatening, police said.

BB gun (Photo provided by police)

The officer who discharged his service weapon was not wearing a body camera, as they have not yet been issued to second precinct officers. This officer has been placed on administrative duty per policy pending the outcome of the investigation.

After the investigation started police said Murphy pointed a "realistic looking BB gun that resembles a Century Arms 9mm," at officers.

A three-tier investigation between the VBPD homicide unit, internal affairs and the commonwealth’s attorney office is ongoing.

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