PIKEVILLE, Ky. – A man abducted his 9-month-old son from the mother's home, then shot and killed the baby and himself as police closed in, authorities said.
Police tracked Randall King (search), 46, through three counties Thursday night and used spikes to puncture his vehicle's tires nearly 100 miles from the baby's home in Evarts in eastern Kentucky.
Police found the bodies of King and his son, Landon, inside the SUV after it crashed. The baby had been shot three times.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Scott Hopkins said police tried to stop the vehicle before it crashed but were unsuccessful. Five cruisers followed the vehicle in a chase that never exceeded 60 mph, police said. After the deflation devices were used, the SUV traveled about another mile before running off the road.
Hopkins said investigators believe King shot the baby and himself before the crash.
The baby's mother, Eva Daniels, was shopping for Easter baskets when her baby was abducted, said her brother, John Howard.
King broke into the home armed with a shotgun and a handgun and asked the teenage baby sitter where Daniels was, Howard said. King then took the baby and fled, he said.
"He knocked the door down, grabbed the child out of her arms and took off with it," Howard said.
Laura Taylor, a family friend, said King was angry that Daniels had asked him to begin paying child support and refused to rekindle their relationship.
Investigators are still trying to determine the motive, but Trooper Walt Meachum said King had apparently been drinking before taking the baby.
King's wife, Rita King, told WKYT-TV in Lexington her husband was "a wonderful person who would do anything for anybody." The couple reportedly had been married 21 years, and that they divorced and remarried last year. Rita King said they were seeking visitation rights so they could be a part of the child's life.
"That's all he wanted," Rita King said.