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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Another year has passed my friend, the loss remains deep. The impact caused by those responsible for your death affected far many more than any one could have imagined. I'm unaware if Mac Holland and his cohorts have come up for parole or not but I am in hopes that the life of a fallen police officer still counts far more than the hope of such men being reformed and deserving to be allowed to walk free among society. You have always meant a great deal to me and will forever be honored wherever I may go or whatever I do. May the Lord Bless you and your family in the years to come.

Trp ll M. Keith Nichols

December 27, 2018

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