Detective Conrad Lee Birney

Detective Conrad Lee Birney

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch Wednesday, December 27, 1972

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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 plain clothes 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

plainclothes, robbery

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Today I sit here reflecting on my memories and what could have been. Dad, we miss you still so much. I moved closer to Cheryl and we plan to grow old together, something you were denied. The last of the three thugs that took your life, our life that day, was released in February. The good part of me, that you raised hope he spends the rest of his time on this earth doing good. The realest and hurting me hope he suffers greatly. I’m still working on healing from your loss. Perhaps it will be completed the day I see you again in Heaven.
Love you, say hi to Mom!
Judy Birney
Daughter and former APD Officer

Officer Judy Birney
Alexandria Police Department

July 31, 2023

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