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Detective Conrad Lee Birney | Alexandria Police Department, Virginia Alexandria Police Department, Virginia


Conrad Lee Birney

Alexandria Police Department, Virginia

End of Watch: Wednesday, December 27, 1972

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 87

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Sentenced to life

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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.

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To the Birney Family,
Less we ever forget the sacrifices made by those brave enough to stand in harm's way to protect and serve... 43 years and Conrad lives on in my heart and mind. I will never forget his saying to me, "To make a difference, you have to get involved, if you get involved, make a difference." I've tried to live by those words. Sometimes it saved lives, other times it caused me to be labeled a "Serpico" but it was all for the best in the long run. I wish there were more Conrad Birney s in the world today, we sure could use a few! Judy, Marsha and I had a daughter, Makayla Grace, named after my mother. Planning on another this year, perhaps a boy (???), if so his name sake will be in honor of your dad. Know you are forever in our thoughts and prayers. The day I last saw your dad, December 27, 1972, is a memory that I will have always. I too miss him. I so wish I had been able to do something that day to change the outcome of events. Love to all.

Myron "Keith Nichols, Trp (ret)
December 15, 2015


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