CRESTWOOD, KY (FOX19) - A fatal Monday shooting in Kentucky began as an Ohio abduction case, authorities have confirmed.
Kentucky State police was contacted by Gallatin County dispatch around 3:30 p.m. on Monday in reference to a 911 call from a person saying they witnessed a man forcing a distressed woman into a vehicle at a gas station. The caller said the female was asking for help and that the vehicle sped off, traveling southbound on Interstate 71.
Troopers were dispatched to locate a dark-colored Dodge Caravan with a Quebec registration.
Troopers observed a vehicle traveling southbound in Henry County that closely matched the description provided. A traffic stop was initiated near the 34 mile-marker southbound by a responding trooper when the vehicle failed to yield, continuing southbound without stopping. The pursuit continued into neighboring Oldham County with the operator of the vehicle continuing to evade and failing to stop, according to authorities.
Troopers say the driver avoided stop sticks at about the 22 mile marker.
Units from other agencies joined the pursuit at this point.
The driver 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 state police units in 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.
According to authorities, a trooper heard a gunshot coming from within the vehicle while attempting to apprehend the driver. Authorities say the trooper perceived this as an immediate 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,” a Kentucky State Police news release reads.
“During this event, the female passenger was struck by at least one round of gunfire,” the release continues. She was taken to the University of Louisville Hospital where she was pronounced deceased by the Jefferson County Coroner.
The driver has been identified as Ty’rell Pounds, 24, of Mansfield, Ohio. The female victim has been identified as Skylar Williams, 20, also of Mansfield.
“In cooperation with Ohio authorities, it has been confirmed that Ty’rell Pounds was the suspect in the Mansfield Ohio abduction of Skylar Williams,” the KSP release states.