Suspect in Kentucky state trooper shooting is dead

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Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder died late Sunday at a hospital after he was shot along Interstate 24 in western Kentucky. Johnson-Shanks, 25 and from Missouri, fled the scene on foot after firing multiple times at Ponder, authorities said.

KENTUCKY– The man suspected in the weekend shooting death of a Kentucky state trooper has been shot and killed, law enforcement said Monday.

Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks was hiding about two miles from where he shot and killed Trooper Cameron Ponder, according to Trooper Jay Thomas.

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.

Authorities initially announced on Lyons County’s official Facebook page that Johnson-Shanks was in custody. They’ve provided little detail so far on events leading up to his death.

Ponder had tried to pull over Johnson-Shanks on Sunday but Johnson-Shanks took off. Ponder pursued for 9 miles, authorities said, and when both cars stopped on Interstate 24 in western Kentucky, Johnson-Shanks shot multiple times at the trooper. Ponder died late Sunday at a hospital.

Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder died late Sunday, September 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, September 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.

Johnson-Shanks ran away. Not much is known about him, Thomas said, except that he was 25 and was from Florissant, Missouri.

There were three other people — a woman and two children — in Johnson-Shanks’ car, said Thomas. They are in custody, but Thomas said he was unsure if they were going to be charged.

Ponder is a veteran of the U.S. Navy.