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Ohio State student was shot, killed by ex-boyfriend during fatal pursuit

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BY Amanda Manning

Oldham Era  

A 20-year-old Ohio State student who was abducted from campus Monday morning was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend during a multi-county police pursuit.

Kentucky State Police (KSP) held a press conference that revealed the details surrounding the multi-county pursuit that began in Gallatin County and ended at approximately 3:30 p.m. on the Exit 14 southbound ramp in Crestwood. 

Skylar Williams, 20, was abducted by gunpoint at Ohio State University’s campus around 11:45 a.m. Monday morning by Ty’rell Pounds. They have a child together.

Gallatin County Dispatch contacted KSP Post 5 yesterday about a 911 call they received from a witness who said they saw a female at a gas station forced into a vehicle by a male.

State troopers then began to follow Pounds vehicle, before attempting traffic stops near mile markers 34 and 22 on Interstate 71. Neither of those attempts was successful. 

Pounds was driving 100 mph at one point and weaving through traffic, according to dispatch records. 

View a timeline of the events here

Dispatch records also indicate that at one point, Williams attempted to escape from the vehicle during the pursuit, but was pulled back in by Pounds.

KSP officials said Pounds got off at Exit 14, and then crossed 329 and attempted to reenter the interstate before KSP legally intervened because of public safety concerns.

KSP Trooper Joey Brown then initiated a pit maneuver on Exit 14. “His car caused the van to do 180 degrees and face the opposite direction,” KSP Commissioner Richard Sanders explained. 

Pound's vehicle then hit Brown’s car door, which was open, leaving him temporarily unable to get out. 

“When Trooper Brown got out, he immediately saw the suspect with a weapon. Office Brown called out to other units, “Gun, gun, he’s got a gun!” Sanders told reporters. “At that point, Officer Brown shot several times into the driver’s portion of that vehicle.”

Sanders said that Brown was within three feet of Pounds, who was armed. 

The shots killed Pounds, who had a bulletproof vest on, but none struck Williams.

A ballistics test later confirmed that Pounds shot Williams, not police. The bullet passed through her left arm. It remains unclear when she was shot. 

After Pounds was down, Trooper Brown then attempted to save Williams life with a tourniquet.  She was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Pounds died at the scene. 

 “Joey is the kind of guy that’s a model for other law enforcement personnel,” Sanders said. “He had no disciplinary action in his file. The only thing I can tell you is he’s an exemplary trooper.”

Officials said they do not know a motive, but have learned more details since Monday.

“We also know he did some posting on Facebook where it was pretty obvious when he was talking to their son that he was going to take her life and then take his own,” Sanders said. 

Pounds was taking classes in Ohio to become a police officer, according to Sanders.

Brown, who has been with KSP Post 5 for the past five years, has been placed on administrative leave. He was not injured in the pursuit. 

“Anytime we have two deaths in a situation, it’s a sad day for everybody involved,” Sanders said. “We were placed in a situation where we had to take action and the troopers responded as they were trained to do.”

This story may be updated.