Abduction Victim, Suspect Killed in Kentucky Shooting

CRESTWOOD, KY (WOWK) - An abducted woman and suspect are dead following a shooting in Kentucky.

On Monday afternoon, Kentucky State Police was contacted by Gallatin County, KY dispatch in reference to a 911 call from a witness, stating they observed a distressed female at a gas station that was forced into a vehicle by a male.

The caller stated it appeared that the female was asking for help and that the vehicle then sped off traveling towards Interstate 71 Southbound.

The pursuit continued into Oldham County with the operator of the vehicle continuing to evade and failing to stop. 

The pursuit continued southbound on I-71 with the suspect continuing to evade responding units.

The suspect exited the interstate at the Pee Wee Valley ramp where he then crossed Highway 329 attempting to reenter the interstate.

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. 

While attempting to apprehend the suspect the trooper heard a gunshot coming from within the vehicle which he perceived as an immediate deadly threat to himself and the female passenger.

The trooper drew his service weapon and fired at which time the suspect was struck resulting in his death at the scene.

During this event, the female passenger was struck by at least one round of gunfire. The female was transported by Oldham County EMS to the University of Louisville Hospital where she was pronounced deceased by the Jefferson County Coroner. 

The male suspect was identified as Ty’rell Pounds, 24, of Mansfield, OH.  The female victim was identified as Skylar Williams, 20, also of Mansfield, OH.

In cooperation with Ohio authorities, it has been confirmed that Ty’rell Pounds was the suspect in the Mansfield Ohio abduction of Skylar Williams. 

KSP will be conducting a press conference in regards to this incident.

The investigation is being led by the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team. Kentucky State Police was assisted by the Oldham County Police Department, Oldham County Sheriff’s Office, Oldham County EMS and the Gallatin County Sheriff’s Office. 

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