The heartbreaking call Ryan Eberly made to dispatch while trying to keep his wife alive was recently released. The suspect has also been arrested.
A heartbreaking event unfolded in Pennsylvania as a man desperately pleaded with his wife to stay alive after she was shot. Ryan Eberly and his wife Julie, unfortunately, got into a rage road incident on March 25. According to a press release posted on Facebook by Robeson County Sheriff's Office, Julie was shot after a bullet penetrated through their car's passenger door. Now the distressing moment when Eberly called 911 dispatch has been released and obtained by ABC15. It reveals the loving husband's frantic efforts to save his partner immediately after she was shot.
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"Someone shot into my car. My wife is shot. She's bleeding badly. I need help now! Please hurry," pleaded the man while speaking to dispatch. "She's shot in the head, but I'm trying to stop the bleeding." Eberly applied pressure on the gunshot wound to help stop the bleeding and also administered CPR while waiting for the ambulance to arrive. "Stay with me, Julie. Julie, keep breathing. Honey, breathe!" he kept saying. Although Julie was rushed to the UNC Southeastern Hospital she could not be saved and was declared dead shortly after arrival.
During an interview with WGAL, Eberly shared, on that fateful day he and his wife were heading towards Hilton Head Island in South Caroline for a getaway to celebrate their seventh wedding anniversary. "I changed lanes, and a car was coming behind me. I didn't see that he was going around me. I pushed him to the shoulder mistakenly. As soon as I was able, I gave him room to get back on the highway. No car contact," he recalled. The car, which has been described by investigators as a silver or grey 2000 Malibu or Impala with dark tinted windows and chrome around the frames, began coming closer towards the pair's car not long after the first exchange.
The next thing the couple knew, they were being shot at. "I saw in my mirror that he was passing us to the right. Gunshots were fired, and our car was hit. My wife yelled my name, and I asked if she was hit. She said yes," a heartbroken husband told WGAL. Around the time of the murder, the sheriff's office said they had offered a $10,000 reward for anyone who came forward with the information "leading to probable cause for the issuance of warrants and the arrest of the suspect(s) responsible for the murder of Julie Eberly." On March 31, the reward was increased to $20,000.
Then on Thursday, it was revealed that a North Carolina resident named Dejywan R. Floyd had been arrested in connection with Julie's untimely death. "Floyd is charged with First Degree Murder and Discharging a Weapon into an Occupied Property. The charges are in relation to the death of Julie Eberly, 47, of Manheim, Pennsylvania," read the press release. Sheriff Burnis Wilkins said, "Regardless of the circumstances, no one deserved to be murdered while traveling our nation's highways. I am proud of the investigative work put forth by the law enforcement agencies that came together as one to bring this case to a successful conclusion." The 29-year-old suspect was booked without bond. He is set to appear in court on May 14.
As for Julie, she was laid to rest on April 1 during a private service, per a GoFundMe page created by her family. "Our dear Julie was taken too soon in a senseless shooting incident in Lumberton, NC on her way to vacation. We want to raise funds to honor Julie and her life. Julie was a beautiful, loving, generous, and giving person. We will be using the funds to help others and to give to the organizations that were close to her heart. We are thankful for the outpouring of love and prayers from the Lumberton and Manheim/Lancaster Communities. May Julie’s death not be in vain and may her memory live on by the giving in her name," read the page. She is survived by her husband and six children.