Marine Stationed in Arizona Arrested in Connection With Fatal Shooting of Texas Student

A Marine stationed in Arizona has been arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of a 20-year-old Texas student. 

The U.S. Marshals apprehended Cpl. Eric Johnson with the Marine Aviation Weapons and Tactics Squadron-1 at the Marine Corps Air Station Yuma, Ariz. Tuesday morning after obtaining an arrest warrant in connection with the alleged shooting in Denton, Texas. 

MCAS Yuma Provost Marshall's Office and Naval Criminal Investigative Service assisted the US Marshal Service in executing the warrant. 

In a press conference Tuesday, Denton, Texas police said Johnson is currently being held on a murder warrant in Arizona. No further details about the arrest have been released. Information on an attorney for Johnson was not immediately available.

Witnesses told Denton police that Sara Mutschlechner and three passengers were in a sedan on New Year's Day when a gray Honda Pilot SUV drove up next to them. Passengers in each vehicle exchanged words.

Police said one of the SUV passengers fired multiple shots at the sedan, and a bullet struck Mutschlechner in the head. The sedan then crashed into another vehicle and an electrical pole.

Mutschlechner and one of the sedan's passengers were transported to Denton Regional Medical Center.

Mutschlechner was taken off life support later that day.

The investigation is ongoing. 

NBC 5's Brian Scott and Holley Ford contributed to this report.

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