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Alexandria police investigate fatal shooting of longtime transportation planner

- The Washington Times - Tuesday, November 12, 2013

Alexandria police on Tuesday were investigating the fatal shooting of a longtime planner with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.

A relative found 69-year-old Ronald Kirby fatally shot in his home Monday afternoon and police ruled his death a homicide.

Mr. Kirby, who had worked for the Council of Governments since 1987, was the agency's director of transportation planning.

Detectives were investigating the motive in Mr. Kirby's slaying, but Alexandria Police Department spokeswoman Ashley Hildebrandt said police "don't believe there is a threat to the public."

No information was available about possible suspects.

Mr. Kirby was found dead inside his home in the 200 block of Elm Street around 12:30 p.m. Monday. Ms. Hildebrandt said the homicide occurred within a matter of hours from the time he was discovered. He had been shot multiple times.

At the Council of Governments, a body that represents the area's 19 local jurisdictions, Mr. Kirby oversaw long-range planning for regional transportation systems.

In a statement released Tuesday, officials from the agency called Mr. Kirby a "trusted colleague and a dear friend."

"Dr. Kirby, one of the region's leading experts on transportation planning, was a key figure in all aspects of our work on regional planning and collaboration," spokeswoman Jeanne Saddler said in a statement. "His deep knowledge and wise counsel assisted local, state and national officials in reaching consensus on the major transportation issues over the years."

Prior to joining the agency, Mr. Kirby directed the transportation program at the Urban Institute. He was born in Adelaide, Australia, and received undergraduate and doctoral degrees from the University of Adelaide, South Australia.

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