Abduction suspect and victim dead following police pursuit in Kentucky

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A suspect in the abduction of an Ohio State University student is dead, along with the victim, in an officer-involved shooting.

It all started Monday when OSU Mansfield’s Department of Public Safety said a witness reported seeing 24-year-old Ty’rell Pounds of Mansfield, OH, with a gun in a campus parking lot.

They said he was seen forcing 20-year-old Skylar Williams, also of Mansfield, into his car.

Authorities said Pounds and Williams had a child together.

Pounds’ vehicle was later found, but police said he had stolen another vehicle.

Later Monday, troopers in Kentucky spotted a vehicle matching its description.

Kentucky State Police said after a pursuit, a trooper was able to block the vehicle, and it came to a stop.

As they moved in to arrest Pounds, the trooper heard a gunshot from inside.

That’s when the trooper fired his weapon at Pounds.

Pounds died at the scene.

Williams was struck at least once.

She was taken to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead.

Ohio State’s president Michael Drake said in a statement,

“Our Ohio State community suffered a tragic loss with the death of Mansfield student Skylar Williams. This senseless and shocking incident has left our campus shaken. We join Mansfield Dean Norman Jones in expressing our condolences and deepest sympathies. Our thoughts and prayers are with Skylar’s family.”

KSP will be conducting a news conference at a time to be determined in regards to this investigation. 

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(This story was originally published on February 13, 2019)

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