Kentucky trooper gunned down late last night; suspect is…

Overnight while we were sleeping peacefully in our beds, another law enforcement officer was brutally gunned down.

According to NBC News, ” 31-year-old Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Ponder was fatally shot after a nine-mile pursuit late Sunday, sparking a manhunt.

“A pursuit ensued with the suspect stopping abruptly around the 49 mile marker, causing the front of Trooper Ponder’s police cruiser to make contact with the rear of the suspect vehicle,” Trooper First Class Jay Thomas said in a statement.

The driver of the suspect vehicle fired several shots into the police cruiser striking the hood, windshield and Trooper Ponder multiple times. The suspect fled the scene on foot.”


Ponder was taken to a hospital in Princeton, Kentucky, but died of his injuries at 11:41 p.m. ET (12:41 a.m. ET on Monday).

UPDATE: Fox News now reports the suspect, 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, of Missouri has been killed after refusing to drop his gun and surrender.

How tragic that this murderer saw no value in another man’s life — or his own. We pray for the family of Trooper Ponder.


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