MUSES MILLS, Ky. (WKYT/AP) - Kentucky State Police say a man wanted for shooting and killing two people, wounding a third and taking a hostage was captured early Saturday.
Trooper Gary Thompson says Roy Pollard Jr. was arrested this morning near where the shootings took place.
Pollard was being sought after a man and a woman were killed and
another man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening
injuries in the shootings Friday night in a remote area of Fleming
County in eastern Kentucky.
A Fleming County police and emergency dispatcher told 27 Newsfirst early Saturday that the hostage taken following a triple shooting, two fatality incident in a rural area of this county, has been turned loose and is being interviewed by Kentucky State Police.
No word on her identity, but the dispatcher said the hostage is unharmed. Police believe the suspect is still on foot in the heavily wooded, remote area.
Dozens of police officers spread out over two counties Saturday to try to find a gunman who shot and killed two people, wounded another and then fled with a hostage, a Kentucky State Police trooper said.
A man and a woman were killed and another man was taken to a hospital with non-life-threatening injuries in the shootings Friday night in a remote area of Fleming County, Trooper Ralph Lockard said. The victims' names had not been released Saturday.
Police were using a SWAT team, dogs and helicopters to try to find the gunman and the adult female hostage.
Lockard identified the man police are looking for as Roy Pollard Jr., 35, of Emerson in neighboring Lewis County. He described Pollard as white, 5 feet 9 inches tall and weighing 150 pounds with blue eyes and brown hair.
The trooper said police were searching the desolate area where the shootings occurred as well as other locations where Pollard has acquaintances. Officers were also investigating the possibility the gunman could have gotten a vehicle and left the area.
Lockard said 40 to 50 officers were searching "quite a big area."
Police had not yet determined whether Pollard was related to the hostage or any of the shooting victims, the trooper said.
The gunman fled into the woods with the hostage and was believed to be armed with a rifle and possibly a shotgun, Lockard said.
"We consider him armed and dangerous," Lockard said. "The witnesses verified that he has a rifle."
The police helicopters were equipped with sensors to detect heat but had not picked up any signs in the wooded area, the trooper said.
The shootings occurred about 45 miles northeast of Lexington. State police and Fleming County sheriff's deputies responded around 7 p.m. EST.
Some Information for the story from - The Associated Press.