A 38-year-old man, who has not been identified, was arrested around 8.30pm last night in Proserpine.
Queensland Police say he was taken into custody in Mackay “without incident”, and is assisting with inquiries following the discovery of a 44-year-old woman’s body in Bluewater, near Townsville.
Police also allege the man was involved in a shooting incident with a passing motorist on the Bruce Highway near Yarlboroo yesterday morning.
“He allegedly pointed a shotgun at a passing motorist, allegedly firing one shot into the side of her vehicle,” he said.
“The victim, who was not known to the man, was not physically harmed during the incident.”
A group of teenagers found the 44-year-old woman’s body yesterday, close to a popular fishing spot in the seaside suburb of Bluewater.
Queensland Police say it’s believed the woman died at the spot.
“It appears that she would have known who her attacker was,” Queensland Police Service Detective Inspector Jason Shepherd said.
“They probably went to that location together.
“We believe she died at that location.”
A weapon was used in the crime but the police did not confirm what it was.
At this stage, police don’t believe the woman’s death is domestic violence related.
The woman’s four children, aged between 14 and 24, don’t live in the area.
Detectives attached to Operation Uniform Umbara from Townsville will travel to Mackay today to continue investigations.