MANSFIELD, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) — A 20-year-old woman who was kidnapped at gunpoint from the Ohio State Mansfield campus was killed by the suspect after a police chase that ended in Kentucky. A Kentucky trooper approaching the vehicle heard the gunshot, and then opened fire, killing the suspect.
Monday, a witness at OSU Mansfield called 911 saying that a woman later identified as Skylar Williams was kidnapped at gunpoint and forced into a vehicle by a man later identified as 24-year-old Ty'rell Pounds. The two had been in a relationship and had a son together. Records show they were in court the week before the abduction for a custody hearing.
Pounds and Williams were later spotted in Kentucky when a witness at a gas station called for help just before 3:30 p.m., saying they'd seen a "distressed female" who was trying to get away from a man in a van.
Troopers say they spotted the van in a neighboring county and tried to pull the van over, but Pounds continued without stopping, leading them on a chase. At one point, troopers tried to use stop sticks but Pounds was able to avoid them. Kentucky State Patrol were finally able to force the van to a stop on a highway ramp outside Louisville. As the trooper approached the van he heard a gunshot from inside. That's when the Trooper opened fire, hitting Pounds and killing him.
Williams was also struck by at least one round of gunfire. She was taken to a hospital where she was pronounced dead. Thursday, Kentucky authorities said they confirmed Pounds shot Williams before the trooper opened fire.
In a Facebook post made by Pounds before the abduction, the 24-year-old wrote a long note to his son which appeared to predict the deadly outcome, saying "I'm so sorry you have to grow up without us."
Ohio State University expressed their condolences over Williams death and added additional counselors will be offered to people at the Mansfield campus.
Statement from The Ohio State University President Michael V. Drake:
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.Additional counseling and consultation services have been made available to members of the university community in need of support on our Mansfield campus. Mansfield students can utilize the Student Assistance Program and support services are also available to students, faculty and staff across the university.
Law enforcement continues to investigate all circumstances surrounding this incident. Anyone with information is encouraged to call the Ohio State Highway Patrol at 419-756-2222.