Kentucky police: Missouri man dead after killing trooper
LYON COUNTY, KY - A Florissant, Missouri man suspected of shooting and killing a Kentucky trooper is dead, according Kentucky State Police.
Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25, shot Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder several times at the end of a chase, according to KSP spokesman Trooper Jay Thomas.
Ponder was making a traffic stop at 10:20 Sunday night and had made contact with Johnson-Shanks, who abruptly fled, Thomas said.
After a chase, the suspect stopped abruptly and Ponder hit the vehicle from behind. At that point, Thomas said, Johnson-Shanks fired several shots into the trooper's car, striking Ponder several times, then fled the scene.
Thomas said Johnson-Shanks hid in the woods until he was found at 7 a.m. Monday by a search and rescue team that included several K9 units. Johnson-Shanks aimed his weapons at troopers, who opened fire, killing him, Thomas said.
Thomas said there were three other people in the car, a female and two juveniles, and they were taken into custody shortly after the shooting.
Ponder, 31, had been on the force just nine months, according to Kentucky State Police.