A Woodbridge man is facing first-degree murder charges after police say he shot and killed a retired ATF agent out walking his dog Wednesday night.
Investigators say Greg Holley Sr. had just left a class at the New Life Anointed Ministries Church. He was shot and killed steps from home.
An off-duty Prince William County police officer spotted the suspect running from the scene. He took him into custody after a brief struggle. 25-year-old Aric Alexander Smith is being held without bond.
A stolen gun, believed to be the murder weapon, was recovered. Investigators also found some of Holley's personal items on the suspect.
Holley retired from the AFT in 2009 after assignments in Chicago, Atlanta and Detroit, where he was the Special Agent in charge. He and his wife have four sons, ages 18 to 25.
In a statement, the family said, "Greg's life work was about fighting violent crime, and unfortunately it was violent crime that took his life."
Holley's church has set up a memorial Facebook page for condolences and words of support for Holley's wife and four sons.
Statement from the Holley family:
"As we deal with the deep pain and the reality of what has happened, we find some comfort in the incredible person Gregory L. Holley, Sr was. As a former special agent with ATF and the Treasury Inspector General Tax Administration this is something loved ones try to prepare for, but never expect to have to deal with. Greg's life work was about fighting violent crime, and unfortunately it was violent crime that took his life.
Greg was a faithful member of New Life Anointed Ministries International (NLAMI) since March 2006. He served faithfully in various volunteer positions wherever help was needed – always with a smile and a kind word. After retirement from government service, Greg served as the Chief Financial Officer of NLAMI where he directed the financial operations of the organization as well as the Business Affairs and Community Development Departments.
Greg spent his life helping others and was well liked and respected. We would like to thank everyone for the many thoughts and prayers extended to our family. He will be greatly missed by all who knew him."
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