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KSP investigates link between Oldham shooting and Ohio State kidnapping – Courier Journal

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Kentucky State Police Trooper Steven Dykes updates the media on what happened at the shooting that left two dead. Louisville Courier Journal

Kentucky State Police are investigating a link between the kidnapping of a student from the Ohio State University campus and the multicounty pursuit Monday that ended in Oldham County with two people fatally shot.

“That case in Ohio has been brought to our attention, and we are investigating to see if they are linked,” said KSP Sgt. Josh Lawson on Tuesday. 

The university asked the public Monday to be on the lookout for a student, Skylar Williams, who was forced at gunpoint into a car by a man she knew, Ty’rell Pounds, around 11:45 a.m. 

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KSP has not yet identified the man and woman killed Monday, though dispatch recordings from Monday’s pursuit are providing more details on the moments leading up to the fatal gunfire.

The Oldham County Police dispatch records detail that the pursuit originated in Gallatin County, about 60 miles northwest of Jefferson County.

A woman attempted to escape from a dark colored minivan she was in, but a man pulled her back into the vehicle, according to the dispatch records.   

“He is possibly armed,” says the unidentified voice on the dispatch records. 

Kentucky State Police Trooper Steven Dykes told reporters Monday that around 3:30 p.m., a person reported that they saw someone in distress in a car and that there may be a weapon involved. 

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When KSP troopers located the car near the Carroll-Henry county line as it drove down Interstate 71 toward Louisville, the driver didn’t stop, Dykes said. 

That kicked off an approximately 20-mile pursuit that ended on exit ramp 14 of southbound I-71. 

According to the Oldham County dispatch recordings, the van was moving around 100 miles per hour.

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Those on the recording discuss how law enforcement was attempting to use stop sticks, devices used to slow or stop a vehicle. 

“Advise the units at 14 that he’s approaching quickly, 100 miles per hour, weaving in and out of traffic,” a voice on the dispatch says. 

Two minutes later, a voice breaks the silence. 

“KSP made contact. KSP made contact,” the voice yells.

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It’s unclear how the vehicle was stopped, though the dispatch recordings suggest stop sticks may have been used.

About 10 second pass.

“Shots fired,” a voice says.

The recordings detail that two people were shot, though investigators have not said who fired. 

A coroner was called within minutes, as was an ambulance to take one of the car’s passengers to the University of Louisville Hospital. No officers were injured.

KSP is handling the investigation. Dykes said the agency will have more details on the shooting either Tuesday or Wednesday. 

This story is developing and will be updated. 

Reporter Matthew Glowicki can be reached at 502-582-4989 or mglowicki@courier-journal.com. Support strong local journalism by subscribing today: courier-journal.com/mattg

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