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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It's never easy for me to come here and remember that day you were taken from us. So many days have passed, so much has taken place since then... Times have become uncertain and blinded for so many and the creeds and oaths we once lived by seem to fade away daily. I miss you my friend. I wish you and many more like you were here today with us to strengthen a seemingly failing future. I thank you for your service and your sacrifice. I will forever more carry the thought of a good man known to me as Conrad Lee Birney with me. You shall not be forgotten. God Bless.


March 1, 2021

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