EDDYVILLE

Police: Kentucky trooper shooting suspect is shot and killed

EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A Kentucky state trooper was killed in a shooting during a chase, and officers shot and killed the suspect when he refused to drop his weapon after an hours-long manhunt, police said Monday.
Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, who was 31 and had been on the force less than a year, was conducting a traffic stop Sunday night on Interstate 24 when the driver fled, Kentucky State Police said.
A chase ensued with the suspect stopping abruptly, causing the trooper's vehicle to "make contact" with the rear of the suspect's vehicle, said Trooper Jay Thomas, a state police spokesman.
"At that point, the suspect leaned out of the driver-side window and fired multiple rounds at the trooper's car, striking the hood, the windshield and striking our trooper," Thomas said.
Ponder was hit multiple times and was taken to a hospital, where he died shortly before midnight.
The suspect, 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Florissant, Missouri, ran away and was found hours later in a rural, wooded area a couple of miles from the shooting, Thomas said. Read more on NewsOK.com