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

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Late due to illness, but you are never out of thought. The memories of being a kid in Alexandria, growing up in questionable times back then, seeing the changes to our country in the 60s and 70s was a real experience for a young mind. Having men such as yourself to look up to made a world of difference to me and I am sure to many others as well. I have wished so many times that I could have changed the events of December 27th 1972 but have had to live with the reality of being just human with humanly limitations. I hope there is some way that you know how many lives you touched and made a difference to. It's been 45 years without you with us but I carry your wisdom with me wherever I go. I am keeping on ...keeping on still serving, educating, and being in spite of what the world has become. I'll never forget "To make a difference, you have to get involved... if you get involved, make a difference." God Bless my Friend!

M.K. Nichols
KHP, Trp

December 28, 2017

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