LOUISVILLE, Ky. (Courier-Journal/ LEX 18) — Kentucky State Police say that after a police pursuit, a male suspect and the woman he allegedly abducted were shot and killed.
On Monday, KSP says that a witness in Gallatin County saw a woman at a gas station that was forced into a vehicle by a man. The caller said the female appeared to be asking for help and that the vehicle sped off.
The vehicle seen in Gallatin County was spotted in Henry County, where KSP attempted to pull the vehicle over but a chase ensued down Interstate Highway 71 toward Louisville.
Kentucky State Police are expected to hold a conference on an officer-involved shooting that ended in the deaths of two people.
Posted by LEX 18 on Wednesday, February 13, 2019
Law enforcement tried using stop sticks, but they were not successful.
The pursuit lasted around 20 miles and ended on exit ramp 14 of southbound I-71 after KSP says they performed a legal intervention stop.
KSP says that the trooper heard a gunshot while attempting to apprehend the suspect. A press release says that the trooper heard a gunshot coming from within the vehicle. The trooper drew his weapon and fired, at which time the suspect was struck. He died at the scene.
During this event, KSP says the female victim was struck by at least one round of gunfire. She died at University Hospital.
The man has been identified as 24-year-old Ty’rell Pounds of Mansfield, Ohio and the woman was identified as 20-year-old Skylar Williams, of Mansfield, Ohio.
At a press conference on Wednesday, officials said that Pounds shot Williams inside of the vehicle before the trooper opened fire. KSP said that Pound was wearing a bulletproof vest.
KSP officials confirm that Ty’Rell Pounds shot Skylar Williams inside of a vehicle before a KSP trooper opened fire. KSP says Pounds was wearing a bulletproof vest during the incident. @LEX18News pic.twitter.com/QP42Zlfu0m
— Kylen Mills LEX 18 (@KylenMills) February 13, 2019
The Courier-Journal reports that on Monday, Williams, an Ohio State University student, was forced into a car at gunpoint by Pounds, who she knew.
No officers were injured.
The case remains under investigation.