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

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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 at 3:30 p.m., 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 p.m.

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

Officer Kirby was a U.S. Army Vietnam War veteran and had served with the District of Columbia Department of Corrections for one year.


  • Age 26
  • Tour 1 year
  • Badge Not available
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

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

correctional Facility, prisoner custody

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Officer Kirby,
On today, the 50th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice-not just as a Law Enforcement Officer but for our Country as well when you served with the U.S. Army during the Vietnam War. And to your Family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.


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November 30, 2023

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