A Fort Bragg soldier was arrested for murder after he gunned down a pregnant woman carrying his unborn child as she drove on a Georgia highway, authorities said.
Alonzo Dargan, Jr., 30, allegedly followed Akeila Ware in a separate car then shot her multiple times through her side door on Highway 18 in Troup County on Tuesday, law enforcement officials said at a news conference on Friday.
With Ware mortally wounded, her Honda Accord barreled out of control and crashed. The 29-year-old mother of five and her unborn child were later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Dargan, who is married and believed to have children, had been in a relationship with Ware for an undisclosed amount of time. They are both from LaGrange, Georgia and went to school there together, Troup County Sheriff’s Department officials said at the news conference.
Sheriff James Woodruff said responders initially thought the crash was just a car accident.
“I went to the scene and could not believe that somebody had shot and killed a young mother of five children,” he told reporters.
“On top of that, killed her and she had a baby inside of her that resulted in the death of the baby.”
Investigators linked a Nissan thought to be involved in the shooting to Dargan, who returned to Fort Bragg in North Carolina after the shooting, authorities said. He was arrested Thursday afternoon and was in custody of the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department in North Carolina on Friday as he awaits extradition to Georgia, officials said.
Dargan, whose rank with the US military wasn’t disclosed, used a handgun in the shooting but authorities said it wasn’t known if the alleged murder weapon was a military-issued firearm.
Ware was roughly 33 weeks pregnant at the time she was killed, the sheriff’s office said.
The soldier was slapped with charges of murder and feticide for the death of the unborn baby, as well as a gun possession charge, the sheriff announced.