A Missouri man who fatally shot a Kentucky State Trooper has been fatally shot by authorities in that state, according to the Kentucky State Police.
Police say 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Missouri shot 31-year-old Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder after Johnson-Shanks drove off during a traffic stop. Ponder died in a Princeton, Kentucky, hospital shortly before midnight.
Johnson-Shanks left his vehicle and ran from the scene. He was found in a wooded area near Interstate 24 around 7 a.m., and trooper shot him after he refused an order to drop his gun. He died more than an hour later at a hospital.
Ponder had been a trooper less than a year. He was a veteran of the U.S. Navy.