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Search for man who shot Kentucky State Trooper

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Here is the latest on the fatal shooting of a state trooper in western Kentucky (all times local):

9:25 a.m.

Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25, of Missouri has been identified as the shooting suspect. (Image: Lyon County Judge Executive)

Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25, of Missouri has been identified as the shooting suspect. (Image: Lyon County Judge Executive)

Police say the man accused of fatally shooting a Kentucky trooper has been shot and killed after an hours-long manhunt.

Trooper Jay Thomas, a state police spokesman, says 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Missouri was shot by police Monday morning when he refused to drop his weapon. He died at a hospital.

Authorities say 31-year-old trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was conducting a traffic stop Sunday night when the driver fled. After a chase, the suspect stopped his car abruptly and fired several shots into Ponder’s cruiser. He died later at a hospital.

Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder died late Sunday, Septmeber 13, 2015, after he was shot along Interstate 24 in western Kentucky. Police arrested suspect Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks in Lyons County, Kentucky early Monday morning. According to police, Johnson-Shanks drove away from a traffic stop and was pursued by Ponder for 9 miles before coming to an abrupt stop, opening fire on Ponder.

Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder died late Sunday, Septmeber 13, 2015, after he was shot along Interstate 24 in western Kentucky. Police arrested suspect Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks in Lyons County, Kentucky early Monday morning. According to police, Johnson-Shanks drove away from a traffic stop and was pursued by Ponder for 9 miles before coming to an abrupt stop, opening fire on Ponder.

Police had said Johnson-Shanks fled on foot. Numerous law enforcement agencies had been aiding in the search, using helicopters and dogs in the rural, wooded area.

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6:45 a.m.

Authorities in western Kentucky have closed a 9-mile section of Interstate 24 as they search for a suspect in the fatal shooting of a state trooper.

Authorities say 31-year-old trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was conducting a traffic stop Sunday night when the driver fled. After a chase, the suspect stopped his car abruptly and fired several shots into Ponder’s cruiser. He died later at a hospital.

The suspect, who police say fled the scene on foot, has been identified as 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Missouri.

State police say numerous law enforcement agencies, as well as helicopters and dogs are being used to help with search efforts in the rural, wooded area.

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4:18

A Kentucky state trooper was killed in a shooting during a chase in western Kentucky and authorities are searching for a suspect.

In a news release, Kentucky State Police say 31-year-old trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was conducting a traffic stop Sunday night around 10:20 p.m. on Interstate 24 when the driver fled.

The news release says a chase ensued with the suspect stopping abruptly, causing the trooper’s vehicle to “make contact” with the rear of the suspect’s vehicle.

Authorities say the driver then fired several shots into Ponder’s police cruiser, hitting him several times. Ponder was taken to a hospital in Princeton, Kentucky, where he died.

The suspect, who police say fled the scene on foot, has been identified as 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks. He’s described as a black male who’s about 5 feet, 5 inches tall and weighing about 140 pounds.

 

 

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