The Latest: Suspect in trooper shooting posted video
Sep. 15, 2015
EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Here is the latest on the fatal shooting of a state police trooper in western Kentucky. All times local:
Officials say the man accused of killing a Kentucky State Police trooper posted a video expressing regret before he was shot and killed by police.
State police Trooper Jay Thomas confirmed Tuesday that the 25-year-old suspect, Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Florissant, Missouri, posted a Snapchat video Monday morning. In the video, the suspect said he did something he didn't mean to do and expressed regret.
Thomas said Johnson-Shanks fled from Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder late Sunday in western Kentucky, starting a chain of events that led to the deaths of the lawman and the suspect. Thomas said the suspect shot the 31-year-old Ponder during a second stop.
Johnson-Shanks was found by police in a wooded area less than a mile from where the trooper had been gunned down.
A Kentucky State Police trooper shot and killed after a traffic stop turned into a high-speed chase will be buried in a veterans' cemetery.
State police Trooper Jay Thomas said Tuesday that the funeral for Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder will be Friday at Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky. Thomas said burial will be at a Kentucky Veterans Cemetery.
Ponder served in the Navy before joining state police. He had been on the state police force less than a year when he was killed late Sunday.
A Kentucky State Police trooper wanted to do a favor for the driver he pulled over late at night. It turned out the man was driving with a suspended license, so the lawman was arranging for lodging for the man and his fellow travelers, including two children.
Those plans soon unraveled, with tragic results.
The driver took off during the Sunday night stop on a rural stretch of interstate.
Police say 31-year-old Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was shot by the suspect a short time later during a second stop in western Kentucky.
The suspect, 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Florissant, Missouri, ran away.
Trooper Jay Thomas said the suspect was found after a massive overnight manhunt in a wooded area about 9 miles from the initial stop. Thomas said Johnson-Shanks drew a weapon at police, ignored commands to drop it, and was shot. He died later at a hospital.