#BlueLivesMatter: Kentucky State Trooper Murdered

#BlueLivesMatter: Kentucky State Trooper Murdered

Just before midnight yesterday, Kentucky state trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, a rookie who had just graduated from the training academy last January, was shot and killed during a traffic stop.

Kentucky state trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, age 31 (photo: Kentucky State Police)
Kentucky state trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder, age 31 (photo: Kentucky State Police)

Ponder was conducting a traffic stop Sunday night around 10:20 p.m. on Interstate 24 when the driver fled, Kentucky State Police said in a news release.

A chase ensued with the suspect stopping abruptly, causing the trooper’s vehicle to “make contact” with the rear of the suspect’s vehicle, the news release said.

The driver then fired several shots into Ponder’s police cruiser, hitting him several times. Ponder was taken to a hospital in Princeton, Kentucky, where he died shortly before midnight, the release said.

Kentucky State Police announced that they had a suspect within hours of Trooper Ponder’s death.


And they found him within just a few hours.

Authorities said 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, of Missouri, was located in a remote rural area near I-24 around 7 a.m., following an all-night manhunt. Johnson-Shanks was armed with a handgun and did not comply with several commands to drop his weapon, according to Sgt. Mike Webb.

“That gave the trooper closest to him no choice but to fire his agency-issued weapon, striking him multiple times,” Webb said.

Johnson-Shanks was arrested while police waited for EMS at the scene and he died from his injuries at a local hospital at 8:23 a.m. Webb said he wasn’t aware of any statements Johnson-Shanks may have made prior to being shot.

Local news outlets are reporting that Johnson-Shanks was from Florissant, Missouri, which is the town right next to Ferguson. Hmmm. I wonder where he may have gotten the idea to shoot a police officer during a traffic stop.

Congratulations, Black Lives Matter. This is your legacy – young men determined not to be Michael Brown, and willing to kill before there is even an interaction with police. The poison and distrust that has been sown by this “movement” is going to be felt for years to come, and may God help us all when police officers decide that the risk of the job is not worth it, and we are left without our first responders.

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