RIP Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Ponder

Trooper Ponder

Our deepest condolences to the family of Kentuck State Trooper Joseph Ponder who was killed in the line of duty when trying to apprehend a suspect in Lyon County. The suspect, Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks is now in custody for the death of the trooper. When Trooper Ponder stopped Johnson-Shanks the suspect sped away leading Ponder on small chase. Johnson-Shanks then stopped abruptly causing Ponder’s patrol vehicle to crash into his. Johnson-Shanks then started shooting at Ponder’s vehicle hitting the hood, the windshield and Trooper Ponder multiple multiple times. Johnson-Shanks then fled the scene and was captured after a short manhunt but later died at a hospital by injuries sustained by gun shot wounds. Trooper Ponder had recently graduated from the KSP Training Academy and had been on the job less than 1 year. RIP Trooper.