Kidnapping suspect killed in Columbia Co. crash identified, along with passenger

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PORTAGE, Wis. (WSAW) The Department of Justice has identified two people killed in a Columbia County crash as Ter-Rance Phillit Simmons, 24 and Terrance P. Simmons.

The DOJ says Ter-Rance Phillit Simmons is suspected of kidnapping.

According to Everest Metro Police Chief Clay Schulz, officers responded to a report of battery in Schofield just after midnight on Sunday. Officers learned a woman had been beaten and forcefully taken away in a vehicle by her boyfriend. The suspect also assaulted another woman who tried to intervene.

The female victim was later located and interviewed by Everest Metro detectives. They learned of the suspect's identity, possible whereabouts and that he was armed with a loaded handgun.

The suspect's vehicle was located in Columbia County Monday morning. The Columbia County Sheriff's Office, Portage Police Department, and Wisconsin State Patrol were attempting to make contact with the suspect's vehicle when the vehicle crashed into the back of a semi-trailer at a high rate of speed, killing the driver and the passenger.

The crash happened on southbound I-39/Highway 51 around 7:48 a.m. Monday.

Since two people died and officers were involved in the pursuit, the crash is being investigated by DCI as an officer-involved incident.

The Department of Criminal Investigations is continuing to investigate the crash.