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.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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  • by sadie Location: Lexington,Ky on Jan 6, 2009 at 05:56 AM
    I want to know why Roy Pollard killed my Aunt Willa & And my cousin Jason Tompson
  • by Anonymous on Sep 4, 2008 at 04:46 PM
    this was bad,i wish you would have handled it differently,but i love ya Roy. LPS,God bless ya
  • by Anonymous on Jan 18, 2008 at 10:56 AM
    Doesn't anyone think Bonnie should of had he ducks in a row before geting involved with Jason. And maybe this would have not happened to the best guy around
  • by Steve Location: Lexington on Jan 16, 2008 at 05:20 PM
    Fire up ole' Sparky down in Eddyville, and let's cook this Pollard sucker!!!
  • by ???? on Jan 15, 2008 at 05:15 AM
    Found a 1/2 mile from the place from where the shooting happened and the estranged wife called the police?? I thought the police were looking for them all night??? Why did she had to call the police??? Something to think about!!
  • by anon Location: tollesboro ky on Jan 15, 2008 at 01:57 AM
    i have known bonnie all her teenage life she was my daughters best friend she didnt deservre losing her babys father i lost my daughter in a car wreck 4 years ago i do know how the thompsons are going through now and will continue to go thru the rest of their life bonnie i know you know who i am call me if you need some comfort god bless everyone
  • by CW Location: OH on Jan 14, 2008 at 06:05 PM
    My prayers are with the family of Jason,such a lose of life. I will always remember the wonderful year Jason gave us so much pleasure in being Santa
  • by Jennifer Location: Hillsboro on Jan 14, 2008 at 01:41 PM
    Funeral arrangements for Willa Thompson are: Viewing tonight from 6pm-9pm and Funeral tomorrow at 11:00 am at Flemingsburg freewill Baptist Church. Arrangements for Jason Thompson are viewing Tuesday from 6-9 pm and funeral Wednesday at 1:00pm at the funeral home. An account has been set up at Community Trust Bank for Willa and Jason to help defer funeral costs. Donations can be sent to Community Trust Bank in care of Jennifer Thomason.
  • by a concerned citizen Location: fleming county on Jan 14, 2008 at 07:09 AM
    today is a sad day for this community our heatrs go out to the families why? is the question we all ask maybe that answer lies in the fleming county sheriffs office it seems the only time we see county law is when the camera crews show up if a news station wanted story of the year maybe they would find out why so many complaints go unanswered our simple lives are mistaken for poverty is that how the sheriffs office handles our complaints the more money you have the higher priority you are this how many more innocent lives are going to be taken before some one helps this county find out why it doesnt get the protection it deserves who is at fault here pollard or the sheriffs office who never arrested him the first time???
  • by Anon on Jan 14, 2008 at 05:29 AM
    To the person who posted the comment about the police dog, I have something to say. First of all, I agree that it was a horible and henious act these teenagers committed. The killing of the dog was horrible. But to say the dog's life was as important as the police officers is rediculous. I'm not saying the dog's life wasn't important, but to suggest the dog's life was as important as the police officer's is mental. The assault charge is appropriate, if not animal cruelty. You can't be charged with murder of an animal and the assault charge will carry as much or maybe even more time than animal cruelty. Please get a life. I agree he shouldn't see the light of day, but only because of the police officer, not the dog.
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