A North Carolina man was arrested in a “road rage encounter” that killed a mother of six who was on an anniversary trip with her husband, the authorities said Thursday.
The man, Dejywan R. Floyd, 29, was arrested in an apartment in Lumberton, N.C., early Thursday morning, the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Mr. Floyd was charged with first-degree murder in the death of Julie Eberly, 47, of Manheim, Pa., and with discharging a weapon into an occupied property.
Mr. Floyd was booked into the Robeson County Detention Center without bond. It was not immediately clear whether he had a lawyer.
The shooting took place before noon on March 25. The police said officers were dispatched to a report of a person shot on Interstate 95 in Lumberton, N.C., about 125 miles from Charlotte.
When officers, state troopers and sheriff’s deputies arrived, they found that Ms. Eberly had been shot through the passenger door of the GMC Yukon that her husband, Ryan Eberly, had been driving, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Ms. Eberly was taken to a medical center in Lumberton, where she later died. Mr. Eberly was not injured.
The police investigation found that a “road rage encounter unknowingly developed” after the couple’s S.U.V. came close to Mr. Floyd’s Chevrolet Malibu during a merge from one lane to another, according to the Sheriff’s Office.
Investigators said that Mr. Floyd then moved to the passenger side of the S.U.V., lowered his window “and fired multiple shots into the passenger door.”
Witnesses told investigators that the driver then drove off and exited at Exit 22, the police said. The Eberlys pulled over on the interstate and waited for medical assistance.
Using surveillance footage from dozens of local businesses and residents, investigators were able to track Mr. Floyd’s path before and after the shooting, Sheriff Burnis Wilkins of Robeson County said in the statement. His office said the investigation was continuing.
“Regardless of the circumstances, no one deserved to be murdered while traveling our nation’s highways,” Sheriff Wilkins said.
The couple had been traveling to celebrate their seventh anniversary that week, according to an online obituary for Ms. Eberly. They were on their way to Hilton Head Island, S.C., for a getaway, Sheriff Wilkins said.
Allyson Waller contributed reporting.