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 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 was a U.S. Army 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

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RIP sir; Never to be forgotten.

Retired First Sergeant Thomas Webb
New York State Police - Troop "D"

September 5, 2020

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