CRESTWOOD, Ky. (WCMH) — State Police in Kentucky said Tuesday afternoon the abduction of a student from an OSU Mansfield parking lot Monday morning and a chase and officer-involved shooting that left two people dead along a Kentucky highway are connected.
According to an Ohio State public safety notice, student Skylar Williams was standing in a parking lot on the Mansfield campus late Monday morning when she was approached by Ty’rell Pounds. The two knew each other, according to the public safety notice. Police said Pounds displayed a handgun and forced her into a minivan–a dark colored 2019 Dodge Grand Caravan.
Monday afternoon, law enforcement in Kentucky responded to a 911 call reporting a person in distress in Gallatin County.
NBC4 spoke to Gallatin County Sheriff Josh Neale. He told us he received a call at 3:14 p.m. from a witness reporting a woman inside a gas station that whispered “help me” then mouthed the words again in the parking lot. Neale tells us the witness tried to confront the driver of the car and told them to stop, but the vehicle took off.
“Female attempted to escape from the vehicle — black male pulled her back into the car,” an Oldham County dispatcher said, WAVE 3 reported. “He is possibly armed.”
Kentucky State Police (KSP) located the suspect vehicle, described by dispatchers as a black minivan, along I-71 S between Gallatin County and Oldham County, and a trooper tried to pull the driver over to see if they needed help.
Trooper Dykes told WAVE 3 that’s when the driver fled, continuing on I-71 in a chase that lasted for at least 20 minutes before ending at Exit 14 in Oldham County. Dykes said the suspect’s car crashed on that exit ramp while trying to re-enter the interstate around 4 p.m. Monday.
“Due to public safety concerns, the primary KSP pursuit unit performed a legal intervention stop to prevent the suspect’s vehicle from re-entering the highway. After the vehicle came to rest on the ramp, the trooper attempted to apprehend the suspect,” the release from KSP states.
According to KSP, the trooper heard a gunshot coming from inside the vehicle, which he perceived as an immediate deadly threat to himself and the female passenger. KSP says the trooper drew his service weapon and fired; the suspect was struck, resulting in his death at the scene.
KSP says Williams was struck by at least one round of gunfire, then transported to the University of Louisville Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
According to KSP, Pounds died at the scene, and Williams was rushed to University Hospital in Louisville where she later died.