NCSC President Releases Statement On OSU Abduction Case

  • 2/13/2019 10:34:12 AM
  • Sartaj Singh
  • Local News

MANSFIELD, OH - The President of North Central State College, Dr. Dorey Diab has released a statement regarding the deaths of Ty'rell Pounds and Skylar Williams. 

The statement reads as followed:

Our campus community has suffered a tragic loss with the death of two of our students, Skylar Williams and Ty’rell Pounds. North Central State College joins The Ohio State University at Mansfield in extending our condolences to all who have known them. Our deepest sympathies, and our thoughts and prayers are with their families and friends.

Free counseling and consultation to members of the campus community are available through New Directions (419-529-9941). Additional resources are also available at https://ncstatecollege.edu/student-services/personal-counseling/.

According to a press release from Ohio State Highway Patrol officials, both Pounds and Williams were proclaimed deceased in Crestwood, Kentucky on Monday afternoon. At approximately 3:24 PM, Kentucky State Police dispatch received a 911 call from a witness who sighted the pair at a gas station. The caller stated that the woman who was in distress, now identified as Williams, was asking for help before being forced back into a vehicle matching the description of the dark-colored Dodge Caravan that Pounds had been observed in earlier.

State Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop for the vehicle in question, but the Caravan continued without stopping. Troopers then engaged in a pursuit and performed a "legal intervention stop" (also known as a pit maneuver) to force the Caravan to come to a stop. As the vehicle came to a rest, one of the State Troopers in pursuit attempted to apprehend the suspect. A gunshot was heard within the vehicle, which was regarded as an immediate deadly threat by officers at the scene. The closest trooper drew his service weapon and fired, striking Pounds. Pounds was pronounced dead at the scene.

Williams was struck by at least one round of gunfire, at which point she was transported to the University of Louisville Hospital. She was later pronounced deceased by the Jefferson County Coroner. Williams was 20 years old.

Various law enforcement agencies are investigating the case, including the Ontario Police Department, the Ohio State Highway Patrol, the Kentucky State Police Critical Incident Response Team, the Oldham County Police Department, Oldham County Sheriff's Office, the Gallatin County Sheriff's Office, and the U.S. Marshals. The Kentucky State Police are expected to conduct a press conference in regards to the incident.

A GoFundMe has been set up to help cover funeral expenses for Skylar's services and to put money aside for her son Kylo as he grows up without parents. That GoFundMe can be viewed here.

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