Kidnapped Ohio State University student, suspect killed during police shootout
An Ohio State University student who was abducted at gunpoint at the school’s Mansfield campus was killed when police tried to apprehend her alleged kidnapper, authorities said.
Skylar Williams was waiting in a parking lot around 11:45 a.m. Monday when she was approached by a man armed with a handgun and forced inside a rental car, according to a press release from Ohio State University’s Department of Public Safety.
Authorities believe the 20-year-old victim was kidnapped by Ty’Rell Pounds, who is the father of her child.
A post on the suspect’s Facebook page, apparently written to their son, suggest the pair were having trouble with their relationship.
“Your mother kept me away from you and I was fighting for you through the court system,” one portion reads. “Your mother kept teasing and I got overwhelmed, I’m so sorry you have to grow up without us baby!! But we’ll be watching you trust me!!”
Around 3:30 p.m. on Monday, a witness reported seeing a “distressed female” being forced into a car at a gas station in Gallatin County, Kentucky, police said late Tuesday afternoon.
Troopers tracked the car to a traffic stop and through the neighboring Oldham County until Pounds eventually left the interstate on an off-ramp before crossing the highway and trying to re-enter the interstate.
A Kentucky State Police unit stopped the car from turning back onto the highway, at which point an officer heard a gunshot from inside Pounds’ car, according to police.
The officer then fired, hitting and killing Pounds.
Wililams was hit by at least one round and taken to the University of Louisville Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.
The Kentucky State Police did not specify who shot Williams.
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