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LANHAM, Md. (CBSDC/AP) – The 55-year-old Woodbridge man who was killed while walking his dog Wednesday night has been identified as retired federal agent Gregory Lee Holley Sr.

Officers from the Prince William County Police Department responded to the 3700 block of Wertz Drive in Woodbridge shortly after 9:30 p.m. to investigate reports of shots fired. The investigation revealed that Holley was walking his dog in the area when he was approached by an unknown man who shot him, robbed him and fled the area.

Holley was pronounced dead on the scene.

A description of the shooter was given to responding units, but it was off-duty Lt. Carlos Robles who encountered the man on Cardinal Drive and detained him. Robles just happened to be in the area.

The suspect, 25-year-old Aric Alexander Smith, was found to have property belonging to the victim on him at the time of his arrest. The gun used in the incident had also been reported stolen from a vehicle in Montclair on Feb. 15.

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms said Holley was an ATF agent in Chicago, Atlanta and Washington and was the ATF’s special agent in charge in Detroit. He concluded his career as a deputy assistant inspector general for the Department of Treasury, from which he retired in 2009.

Holley’s family said he was an active volunteer at his church, New Life Anointed Ministries International.

“Greg’s life work was about fighting violent crime, and unfortunately it was violent crime that took his life,” the family said in a statement.

The victim and the accused are not believed to have known one another.

Smith was charged with first-degree murder, armed robbery, and using a firearm in commission of a felony. His court date set for June 19 and he is being held without bond.

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