An Ohio State University student and man suspected of abducting her died Monday after a shootout with a Kentucky State Trooper, the authorities said Tuesday.
Kentucky State Police said in a statement that Skylar Williams, 20, was pronounced dead at the University of Louisville Hospital after the shooting in Oldham County. Her suspect abductor, 24-year-old Ty Pounds, was pronounced dead on the spot.
The authorities said that Williams was taken on armed forces Monday from a parking lot at the Ohio State's campus campus in Mansfield, 1
"Our Ohio State community suffered a tragic loss with the Mansfield student's Skylar's death Williams," said OSU president Michael Drake in a statement released Tuesday. "This senseless and shocking event has left our campus shaken. We join forces with Mansfield Dean Norman Jones to express our condolences and deepest sympathy. Our thoughts and prayers are with Skylar's family."
Shortly before. 3:30 pm Monday, the Kentucky State Police responded to a 911 call from a witness who said she saw a woman forced into a vehicle at a gas station in Gallatin County. Troopers pursued the vehicle south on Interstate 71 in Oldham County, where it left the interstate on Highway 329 and stopped at the ramp.
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Police said a trooper heard shots from the vehicle and returned fire. The release said Williams was hit by at least one round, although it was not immediately clear who fired the fatal shot.
Ohio State Highway Patrol told Fox 8 that the couple's child was safe with family members.
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The Associated Press contributed to this report.