Man Killed in Alexandria Escaped From Federal Prison System

A 41-year-old man fatally shot in Alexandria, Virginia, Wednesday was listed as a federal prison system escapee. 

Officers were called to the 1200 block of Colonial Avenue at 9:24 p.m. Wednesday for a report of shots fired. When they arrived, they found a man shot to death next to the tennis courts in Powhatan Park, behind the town house where he used to live years ago. 

Police identifed the victim as Colby Dielle McClennon of San Diego.

Police do not believe it was a random shooting. Police were patrolling the area because of a robbery the night before, but they do not believe the shooting is connected to the robbery.

The investigation is ongoing. 

McClennon was on escape status as of Nov. 17 after failing to report ot a residential reentry center, according to the Federal Bureau of Prisons. He was convicted of possession of crack cocaine with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm.

This is the seventh homicide in Alexandria this year -- after four in 2015 -- and the third in northeast Old Town since June. Police do not believe Wednesday's homicide is linked to any of the others. 

Assaults and robberies are down, Alexandria's acting police chief noted.

Anyone with information that can help police is asked to call 703-746-6689.

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