Gunman Arrested, Hostage Safe After Double Murder

Associated Press Writer

MUSES MILLS, Ky. (AP) - A man wanted in the shooting deaths of two people and the taking of a hostage was captured early Saturday, Kentucky State Police said.

The hostage, 27-year-old Bonnie Butler, was found uninjured, troopers said.

Roy Pollard Jr. was arrested about three miles from the scene of the shootings in a remote area of Fleming County in eastern Kentucky, Trooper Ralph Lockard said.

Killed were Willa Marie Thompson, 52, of Fleming County, and her nephew, Jason Lee Thompson, 25, of Fleming County. Richard Anderson, 33, of Louisa, was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries from a gunshot wound, Lockard said.

Police described Butler as Pollard's ex-wife. But, Howard Riley, a cousin of Jason Lee Thompson, said Butler and Pollard had children together, but weren't married. Family members were unsure about Anderson's relationship to either the Thompsons or Butler.

Butler was found at about 8:30 a.m. after she went to a farm in the area and called police, Lockard said. Butler was being treated after being outdoors on a cold evening and was talking with investigators, Lockard said.

Pollard was taken to Fleming County Hospital after being arrested at 9:40 a.m. EST. He was being treated for exposure to the elements, Lockard said. Overnight temperatures in parts of eastern Kentucky dipped into the low to mid-30s.

Riley said Butler was engaged to Jason Lee Thompson. Butler is four months pregnant with Thompson's baby, Riley said. Riley said Pollard was angry about Butler and Jason Lee Thompson.

"I guess he just flipped," Riley said.

Robert Thompson, the uncle of Jason Thompson and brother-in-law of Willa Marie Thompson, said about a month ago, Pollard drew a gun at the property where the shooting took place. Police were called, but Pollard was never arrested.

"I know it had been stewing," Robert Thompson said.

The shooting took place in a community near the northern tip of the Daniel Boone National Forest at a rusty white house with dirty windows and a large satellite dish out front. Police placed two blue gloves on the ground to mark where the two victims were shot. By Saturday afternoon, family and friends were crossing the police line to the scene of the shooting.

Dennis Muse, the great-grandson of the town's founder, said Willa Thompson worked at a nearby elementary school, but wasn't sure what she did.

Lockard said investigators were searching for a rifle Pollard had when he fled into the woods Friday night.

Investigators began searching for Pollard after the Thompsons were killed and Anderson injured Friday night in a remote area of Fleming County.

Kentucky State Police said dozens of police officers spread out over two counties Saturday to try to find Pollard after the slayings.

Police used a SWAT team, dogs and helicopters to try to find the gunman and the adult female hostage.

Lockard said 40 to 50 officers searched "quite a big area."

The shootings occurred about 45 miles northeast of Lexington. State police and Fleming County sheriff's deputies responded around 7 p.m. EST.

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