Detective Conrad Lee Birney

Detective Conrad Lee Birney

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 27, 1972

Conrad Lee Birney

Detective Conrad Birney was shot and killed while responding to a bank robbery call in the Seminary Shopping Plaza at 4616 Kenmore Avenue. He was shot as the three suspects tried to exit the bank. Detective Birney was in plainclothes at the time.

All three suspects were apprehended. They were sentenced to life, 50 years, and 40 years, respectively.

Detective Birney had served with the Alexandria Police Department for 11 years. He was survived by his wife and three children.


  • Age 40
  • Tour 17 years
  • Badge 87

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Sentenced to life

Most Recent Reflection

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I am sorry I have not been here for awhile but I speak to you everyday in my heart. I read all the messages and see the constant ones that hold you dear to their hearts as well. You would think that as the years pass it would become easier but it actually becomes harder. This year I rode in your name in the Police Unity Tour and at the end of 240 miles I rode my bike into the memorial crying tears of pain and joy. The pain off your loss and the joy of being able to say I was your daughter. Thank you God for, although a short time, allowing us to have one of your greatest angels.

Judy R Schoenle (Birney)
Alexandria Police Department

August 1, 2018

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