Suspect in Alexandria shooting mistakenly released from jail

A man arrested in connection with a shooting in Alexandria, Virginia, was mistakenly released from a Maryland jail on Friday.

Brian Wordell Morris Jr., 27, was taken into custody Friday by the U.S. Marshal’s Fugitive Task Force and Alexandria police — but was mistakenly released from a jail in Prince George’s County later that day.

Alexandria police revealed the mistake in a news release Monday.

Police didn’t say where Morris was taken into custody.

Morris, a city resident, is accused of shooting a 22-year-old man on Jan. 15 in the 4600 block of Duke Street. The victim in that shooting was taken to the hospital but police said he’s expected to be recover.

Alexandria police want anyone who knows where Morris is to contact Detective John Bratelli via phone at 703-746-6699, email at, call the non-emergency line at 703-746-4444. Tips can be anonymous.

Here’s a map of the area where police said Morris shot the man.

Jessica Kronzer

Jessica Kronzer graduated from James Madison University in May 2021 after studying media and politics. She enjoys covering politics, advocacy and compelling human-interest stories.

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