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Kidnapped Ohio State University student and the suspected abductor to police killed in firefight

Skylar Williams and her suspected abductor, Ty’rell Pound.
(The Ohio State University at Mansfield)

An Ohio State University student and the man accused of the kidnap of her died Monday after a shootout with a Kentucky state trooper, authorities said Tuesday.

Kentucky State Police said in a statement that Skylar Williams, 20, was pronounced dead at the University of Louisville Hospital following the shooting in Oldham County. Her suspected abductor, a 24-year-old Ty’rell Pounds, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities said Williams was taken at gunpoint earlier Monday from a car park at the Ohio State branch campus in Mansfield, 100 km northeast of the university’s flagship campus in Columbus. The researchers told Fox 8 Cleveland that Pounds had a previous relationship with Williams and was the father of her child. The station also reported that Williams had an order of protection against the Pounds and reported to Mansfield Police last month that she was abused by him in September.

“Our Ohio State community suffered a tragic loss with the death of a Mansfield student, Skylar Williams,” OSU President Michael Drake said in a statement released Tuesday. “This senseless and shocking incident has left on our campus shaken. We connect with Mansfield Dean Norman Jones in expressing our deepest condolences and sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Skylar’s family.”

Shortly before 3:30 p.m. on Monday, Kentucky State Police responded to a 911 call from a witness who said they saw a woman forced into a car at a gas station in Gallatin County. Germans chased the car south on Interstate 71 in Oldham County, where the exit of the interstate on Highway 329 and stopped in the driveway.

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The police said a trooper heard gunshots from the vehicle and returned fire. The release said Williams was hit by at least one round, but it was not immediately clear who fired the fatal shot.

The Ohio State Highway Patrol told Fox 8 that the couple’s child was safe with the family.

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The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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