An enraged ex-boyfriend chased his ex-girlfriend down Interstate 95 on Sunday afternoon, shooting at her vehicle and trying to run her off the road before turning the 38-caliber handgun on himself after a Camden County Sheriff’s deputies intervened in the melee, according to the sheriff’s office.
Fred Smith, 38, was taken by ambulance to the Camden Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead of a gunshot wound to the head, the Camden County Sheriff’s Office said.
The Jesup man had court-issued restraining orders and outstanding arrest warrants due to previous threats against the woman, the sheriff’s office said. They had been broken up for about six months, the woman told deputies.
The woman was southbound in a Ford SUV on I-95 in Glynn County around 2:45 p.m. Sunday when Smith began following her aggressively. A man was in the passenger seat of the Ford, and the woman was driving, deputies said. The woman called 911 as she attempted to elude Smith.
Deputies said Smith “became irate and was attempting to run the Ford SUV off the roadway,” the Camden County Sheriff’s Office report said.
Camden deputies intervened in the pursuit on I-95 near Harriett’s Bluff Road in Camden County, the report said. Smith began firing the .38-caliber pistol at the woman’s SUV even as deputies pursued, shattering its back window with gunfire, deputies said.
Camden Deputy Robert Floyd then performed a PIT maneuver, using his squad vehicle to push Smith’s truck “into the center median, and away from the Ford SUV that was attempting to avoid the gunfire,” the sheriff’s office report said.
Deputies said Smith “then raised the pistol to his head and shot himself,” the report said.
Smith’s reckless gunfire on I-95 also struck a random BMW belonging to a Jacksonville man, deputies said.