MONROE, OH (FOX19) - A mother and son are dead and a man has been taken into custody after a kidnapping situation ended in Warren County and shut down both directions of Interstate 75.
The incident began Friday morning in western Kentucky when Terry Froman kidnapped Kim Thomas from her Mayfield home, according to Graves County Sheriff's Department.
Thomas' 17-year-old son Michael Mohney was shot and killed in the process of the abduction.
Authorities say 40-year-old Froman, of Illinois, fled the scene and traveled to his mother's residence in Paducah, located about 25 miles north of Mayfield. Froman's mother told police her son was covered in blood when he arrived to her home, according to Graves County officials.
Froman then drove to Ohio where authorities pulled him over around 1 p.m. on I-75 North between State Routes 63 and 122. Police say they found Thomas, 34, dead inside the vehicle with multiple gunshot wounds.
"When troopers exited their vehicles, they heard shots fired coming from inside the vehicle. Troopers took up secure positions and waited for additional personnel and equipment to arrive before approaching the vehicle," said Lieutenant Craig Cvetan with Ohio Highway Patrol.
I-75 in Warren County was shut down in both directions for several hours while police investigated the incident. It has since reopened.
Police say with this incident happening on a major highway, they had to take extreme caution with other drivers.
"Other troopers were brought in and the vehicle was not approached until troopers were there to stop traffic to make the scene safe," said Cvetan.
Froman, who is reportedly an ex-boyfriend of Thomas, attempted to shoot himself before being apprehended by police. Authorities say he was taken to Atrium Medical Center with non-life threatening injuries.
Mayfield High School, where Michael Mohney was a senior student, issued a statement saying in part:
"He always had that smile. He was one of our best. It's heartbreaking … We will do whatever we need to do for our kids to help them through this time."
"He had a spark that was infectious. He was hugging and kissing on someone all the time and just had that infectious personality where he loved people and they loved him so, and so was Kim, he got that from Kim, Kim was that way," Dennis Thomas, Mohney's uncle, told KFVS.
Froman was charged with aggravated murder by the Warren County prosecutors office.
What led to the violence is still under investigation by the Graves County Sheriff's Office.