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Suspect in Sunday Night Murder of Kentucky Trooper Killed by State Police

September 14, 2015  | 

Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder (Photo: Kentucky State Police)
Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder (Photo: Kentucky State Police)

A man suspected of fatally shooting a Kentucky trooper Sunday night was shot and killed by state police early Monday morning.

Authorities said 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, of Missouri, was located in a remote rural area near I-24 around 7 a.m., following an all-night manhunt. Johnson-Shanks was armed with a handgun and did not comply with several commands to drop his weapon, Sgt. Mike Webb told FoxNews.

"That gave the trooper closest to him no choice but to fire his agency-issued weapon, striking him multiple times," Webb said.

Johnson-Shanks was arrested while police waited for EMS at the scene and he died from his injuries at a local hospital at 8:23 a.m. Webb said he wasn't aware of any statements Johnson-Shanks may have made prior to being shot.

A statement released early Monday said that Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, 31, was pronounced dead at a Princeton, Ky., hospital after being shot multiple times late Sunday night. Ponder had been a state trooper since January of this year.


Comments (9)

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S.S. @ 9/14/2015 10:54 AM

Another one...where's our so-called wanna be president on this? May your RIP Trooper Shanks. My prayers go out to you, your family, and your family in blue. Apparently this isn't alarming anyone on the federal level. Especially those chicken shits in the white house!!!

TBOW426 @ 9/14/2015 10:55 AM

This is the third KSP Trooper to die in the line of duty within the last five months. The Post 1 area covers far West Kentucky and Trooper Wiseman died in a motor vehicle crash in June. Trooper Ponder is a classmate of Wiseman's and the odds of two rookies from the same class and assigned to the same Post being killed is astronomical. The last KSP Trooper to die from gunshots was in 1988.

S.S. @ 9/14/2015 11:33 AM

My mistake it was Deputy Cameron.

Brian J Joyce @ 9/14/2015 11:34 AM

Our sheep dogs are really under the wolves' guns. I am retired after 35 years and pray for our officers and agents to be safe and return to their loved ones at the end of shift. Us grey sheep dogs need to carry under LEOSA, the world has changed, our brothers and sisters may need our help. Be careful out there!

[email protected] @ 9/14/2015 12:37 PM

RIP Trooper Ponder.To the family of Trooper Ponder and KSP, condolences on the loss of your son, and trooper. Agreed where is the president of this country and the US Attorney General on this killing and the police officer killings? No comment or statement from them on this or the police killings in Texas or Louisiana?

Morning Eagle @ 9/14/2015 12:57 PM

Good job by apprehending officers. Brian J. is correct, in today's world all of us who are grey sheep dogs that are still capable must always be ready to assist as needed if or when we come upon such a situation.

Kojack58 @ 9/14/2015 6:46 PM

I carry mine everywhere and God help the suspect I see trying to hurt an officer. He will never make it to the hospital. I am tired of the thugs making our brothers and sisters in blue targets. Stay safe everyone.

notmeofficer @ 9/14/2015 6:49 PM

God..this is not a fair trade...

Rest easy troop...let us continue your work.

New leadership and a new direction for our world is desperately needed

How many more of us will be sacrificed... needlessly..

deputy moose @ 9/15/2015 11:44 AM

I listened to the live pursuit on the internet early Mon. morning. According to one of the on-scene officers, this pos took two rounds in the chest and still refused to drop his weapon. Only after he was tasered, did he drop the weapon...

RIP Brother Ponder,...Blessed are the peacemakers.

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