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Slain KSP trooper remembered on 1st anniversary of his murder

Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder (Source: Kentucky State Police) Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder (Source: Kentucky State Police)
Brenda Tiffany (Source: WAVE 3 News) Brenda Tiffany (Source: WAVE 3 News)
Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks (Source: KSP) Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks (Source: KSP)

RINEYVILLE, KY (WAVE) - A Kentucky State Police trooper is being remembered one year after he was gunned down in the line of duty.
 
Joseph Cameron Ponder, 31, was a Hardin County native from Rineyville. He wore his badge for less than a year before he was killed.
 
On the night of September 13, 2015, a high-speed chase on Interstate 24 in Lyon County lead Ponder near mile marker 58. Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks was driving on a suspended license with four other people, including two children. Ponder chased the suspect for about nine miles before Johnson-Shanks slammed on his brakes, causing Ponder to crash into his vehicle. Following the crash, Johnson-Shanks shot eleven rounds into Ponder's cruiser before he could get out of the car.

Ponder died at the hospital about an hour later.

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Nine hours later, state police said Johnson-Shanks was found in a wooded area along I-24. Johnson-Shanks pointed a gun at troopers, refused to drop it and was shot and killed by a special response team.
 
"I struggle to stay out of the dark places, to be honest with you," said Brenda Tiffany, Ponder's mother. "It's a daily struggle for me."
 
Ponder was left a legacy at North Hardin High School, as a star track athlete and dedicated student. A scholarship has been created in memory of Ponder. It's available for Hardin County students.

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Before taking the oath as a KSP trooper in January 2015, Ponder served the United States Navy as a diver.
 
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