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Police: Wertz Drive Shooting Death Leads to Woodbridge Arrest

Man charged with first degree murder after the Wednesday night homicide, according to Prince William County Police.

Police have arrested and charged a man with first degree murder after another Woodbridge man was shot along Wertz Drive in Woodbridge, Prince William County police spokesperson Jonathan Perok said. 

Aric Alexander Smith, 25, of Woodbirdge, was also charged with armed robbery and using a firearm in commission of a felony.

Police initially responded on Feb. 20 at 9:40 p.m. to the 3700 block of Wertz Drive for a report of shots fired. 

"Witnesses reported seeing a man fleeing the area on foot who was believed to be the shooter," Perok said. "The victim was pronounced dead at the scene. The investigation revealed that the victim was walking his dog in the area above when he was approached by an unknown man, identified as the accused. During the encounter, the accused shot the victim and took property belonging to the victim before fleeing the area."

The victim was identified as Gregory Holley, 55, of Woodbridge. A description of the accused was given to police, and off-duty PWC Police Lieutenant Carlos Robles responded and found Smith on Cardinal Drive. After a reported struggle, Smith was arrested. 

"The accused was found to have some personal property belonging to the victim on his person at the time of the arrest," Perok said. "The gun used in this incident had also been reported stolen on Feb. 15 from a vehicle in Montclair."

At this time, police do not believe the victim and Smith knew each other. 

Smiths' court date is June 19. He is being held without bond.

Manasses Bruton February 21, 2013 at 10:38 PM
I am very very sad to day my Son in the Lord has left us and he will be missed. We are praying for the family and the church. I reciver the news and was at a lost what to do or to say.God is still a good God. Bro. Greg was and is Loved more than most. He always had a smile a hug for you. I will keep the Family and My Church family in pray. may God Keep us all.
Yvette Harris February 21, 2013 at 11:58 PM
Prayers go out to the family, may they have peace knowing he was a true solider for god and will now be in the kingdom.
Rachel Leon February 22, 2013 at 01:51 AM
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Rodney J. Watson February 22, 2013 at 04:05 AM
I would like to send my prayers to the family, and especially to his wife. I too am a retired ATF agent, I knew and respected agent Holly; he will forever be missed. Rodney Watson
Angie Jackson February 23, 2013 at 01:01 PM
My thought and prayers go out to the Holly family. What is happening in our community. I thinks it time that we all come together and take this area back. They have non-violence ralleys in Richmond and in D.C what about the cities in between? God is waiting for his soldiers to rise up and take a stand to save these misguided souls.

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