Correctional Officer Michael Roy Kirby

Correctional Officer Michael Roy Kirby

District of Columbia Department of Corrections, District of Columbia

End of Watch Friday, November 30, 1973

Michael Roy Kirby

Correctional Officer Michael Kirby was stabbed to death while investigating the activity of three inmates in a recreation yard at Lorton Correctional Facility in Fairfax County, Virginia. As he was reporting to his gate assignment he noticed the three inmates tampering with a manhole cover.

As he approached the three men they ran into a nearby dorm. When Officer Kirby followed them into the dorm he was attacked and stabbed to death. His body was then rolled into a sheet and stuffed under a bed.

Shortly after a head count 3:30 pm the inmates took his body and shoved it down the manhole. When other officers realized that he was missing a search of the prison was initiated. His body was located in the manhole at approximately 5:30 pm.

All three inmates were charged with and convicted of Officer Kirby's murder.

Officer Kirby had served with the agency for 1 year.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Stabbed
  • Location Virginia
  • Weapon Edged weapon; Shank
  • Offender Convicted of murder

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Birmingham Police Department (AL), Retired

November 30, 2014

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