During a traffic stop Sunday night a Kentucky trooper was shot to death by a man he was trying to help, police say. According to state police Joseph Ponder, 31, pulled over Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks and discovered he was driving without a license. The twenty-five year old driver had two women (neither with valid licenses) and two children in the vehicle as well, so Ponder began to organize a hotel room to await a ride.
During this time the suspect fled resulting in a nine-mile high-speed chase. Johnson-Shanks slammed on his breaks and came to a stop. Ponder positioned his car against the car of the suspect, Johnson-Shanks leaned out of the driver’s window and fired several rounds into the trooper’s car.
Ponder was transported to a hospital in Princeton, Kentucky, but died from his injuries.
The shooter then fled the scene a second time, and local forces proceeded with an hours-long manhunt which took all night. When he was finally located in a forest near the interstate around 7 a.m., police say he raised his weapon. After refusing to surrender, Johnson-Shanks was fatally shot in a police stand-off.