Undercover Va. detective killed in shootout

Officer Down: Detective Michael Smith Phillips

By John Warren and Shawn Day
The Virginian-Pilot

VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — The Virginia Beach police officer killed late Thursday was identified today as Detective Michael Smith Phillips, police said.

Phillips, 37 and a member of the department's Special Investigations Unit, died after being shot around 11:15 p.m. in the parking lot of the Green Run Shopping Center, in front of a USA Discounters furniture store, spokesman Adam Bernstein said.

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