TROUP COUNTY, Ga. - Deputies said they have made an arrest in the murder of a mother and her unborn child found in a shot-up car that crashed into a tree along the side of a Troup County road earlier this week.
During a Friday morning press conference, investigators announced 30-year-old Alonzo Dargan was arrested as the suspect in the case.
Dargan is a soldier in the U.S. Army and was captured in North Carolina. He was stationed in Fort Bragg, North Carolina.
30-year-old Alonzo Dargan was arrested in connection to the deadly shooting of Akeila Ware. (Troup County Sheriff's Office )
Dargan previously lived in Troup County, officials say.
Deputies said Dargan is believed to be the father of the unborn child.
Akeila Ware was found unresponsive inside her Honda Accord crashed along Highway 18 near E. Drummond Road with multiple bullet holes in the side on Tuesday. First responders had to extricate the 29-year-old mother of five from the car.
State and local law enforcement investigate a deadly crash along Highway 18 near E. Drummond Road on Oct. 5, 2021. (Troup County Sheriff's Office)
Unresponsive and in critical condition, she was rushed to a Columbus area hospital, where she and her unborn child later died.
Investigators believe Ware's car was shot at, which sent the vehicle off the road and head-on into a tree. And it was all done in broad daylight.
"Very bold, very cold, and very callous just to do this. And that’s why we certainly want to put a name with a shooter, so we can get that person, or if there were other people involved, get all of those people in custody," said Sgt. Ward.
Two purple star balloons mark where Akeila Ware was found unresponsive after a shooting and crash in Troup County on Oct. 5, 2021. (FOX 5)
Investigators believe Ware was shot by Dargan who was driving a silver Nissan car with possible front-end damage near the intersection of Highway 18 and Whitesville Road.
The Georgia State Patrol continues to investigate the crash and the Troup County Sheriff’s Office is investigating Ware’s death.