A Fort Bragg soldier was arrested for shooting and killing a pregnant woman carrying her unborn child on a Georgia highway, officials said.
Law enforcement officials said at a news conference Friday that 30-year-old Alonzo Dargan allegedly chased Akila Ware in a different car and then shot her multiple times through his door on Highway 18 in Troop County on Tuesday.
With Ware mortally injured, his Honda Accord spins out of control and crashes. The 29-year-old mother of five and her unborn child were later pronounced dead at a local hospital.
Dargan, who is married and is believed to have children, was in a relationship with Ware for an undisclosed time. Troop County Sheriff’s Department officials told the news conference that they were both from LaGrange, Georgia, and went to school there together.
Sheriff James Woodruff said respondents initially thought the accident was just a car accident.
“I went to the scene and I couldn’t believe someone shot dead the mother of five children,” she told reporters.
“On top of that, killed him and there was a child inside that resulted in the death of the child.”
Officials said investigators linked Dargan, a Nissan involved in the shooting, who had returned to Fort Bragg, North Carolina, after the shooting. He was arrested Thursday afternoon and was in the 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 was not disclosed, used a handgun in the shooting, but officials said it was not known whether the alleged killing weapon was a military-issued firearm.
The sheriff’s office said Ware was approximately 33 weeks pregnant at the time she was murdered.
The soldier was charged with manslaughter and infanticide for the death of an unborn child, as well as a charge of possessing a gun, the sheriff announced.