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 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


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Its 2021, 49 years have passed since your being taken from us. I've grown old and a little gray but my memories of you are as fresh as when I was just 17 growing up in Alexandria. I keep your memory close to my heart as you were one of the GOOD ONEs ! There were a lot of great officers on APD back in the day, I was honored knowing most all of them. I often wonder how different things might be for so many if you were still with us here on earth. I hope you and Barbara are sharing all that Heaven has to offer. Judy and I have been in contact over the years and I know she is both proud of you and misses you very much as I do. God Bless My Friend.

TRP II Myron Keith (cleveland) Nichols

December 26, 2021

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