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KSP Accepting Trooper Cadet Applications

Date of News Release: 09/28/2015

(Hickory, KY) - The Kentucky State Police is now taking applications for its 94th Academy. Interested applicants should visit the KSP website at http://www.kentuckystatepolice.org/career.html

Information available on the website includes an outline of the application process, a list of minimum requirements and disqualifications, a downloadable application form with a list of supporting documents required, a downloadable study guide for the written test, physical standards requirements and a list of testing dates, times and locations.

KSP will be offering the written test locally on October 15th, 2015: 6:00 p.m. CST, Murray State University, Murray, Ky. All application materials must be completed and returned to the KSP Recruitment Branch at 919 Versailles Road, Frankfort, KY 40601 no later than October 12th, 2015 by the close of business.

If more information is needed after visiting the website, applicants can call toll-free to (866) 360-3165 during office hours from 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday or leave a message any other time.

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Update: KSP Trooper Killed In Shooting; Suspect Apprehended

Date of News Release: 09/14/2015

Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder

(Eddyville, KY) - On Monday, September 14 at approximately 7:00 A.M CST, KSP Troopers located Johnson-Shanks in a wooded area in close proximity to Interstate 24. Upon making contact with Johnson-Shanks, Troopers of the Special Response Team (SRT) observed him with a firearm and instructed him to relinquish it. Johnson-Shanks refused verbal commands and aimed the weapon at the Troopers. An SRT Trooper discharged his agency issued weapon striking Johnson-Shanks. He was transported via ambulance to the Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton, KY for treatment where he later succumbed to his injuries at 08:23 A.M. CST.

The investigation is continuing by the KSP. Multiple agencies are assisting with the investigation.

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KSP Trooper Killed In Shooting; Suspect Apprehended

Date of News Release: 09/14/2015

Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder

(Eddyville, KY) - The Kentucky State Police is currently seeking a suspect in the shooting death of a KSP Trooper.

On Sunday, September 13, 2015 at approximately 10:20 P.M CST, Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder conducted a traffic stop on Interstate 24 around the 58 mile marker westbound. After making contact with the driver, the vehicle fled from the stop. 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. At this time, 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.

Trooper Ponder was transported via ambulance to the Caldwell Medical Center in Princeton, KY where he succumbed to his injuries at 11:41 P.M. CST.

Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks

The suspect has been identified as Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, 25, of Missouri. He is described as a black male approximately 5'5", 140 pounds, brown eyes and black hair. He was last seen wearing dark clothing. If anyone makes contact with the suspect, dial 911. He should be considered armed and dangerous.

Trooper Ponder, 31, was a native of Rineyville, KY. Upon graduation from the KSP Training Academy in January 2015, he was stationed at Post 1, Mayfield and assigned to Trigg County.

The investigation is continuing by the KSP. Multiple agencies are assisting with the investigation.