Mourners Gather For Kentucky Trooper's Funeral

Posted at 2:00 PM, Sep 18, 2015
and last updated 2015-09-22 23:34:17-04

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Police officers are converging on a Kentucky church for the funeral of a state trooper who was shot to death during a high-speed chase.

A giant U.S. flag hoisted by fire truck ladders is on display as mourners gather Friday morning for the funeral of Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder.

Columns of law enforcement officers from across Kentucky and the country entered Severns Valley Baptist Church in Elizabethtown.

Police say the 31-year-old Ponder died Sunday night after being shot by a man he had stopped for speeding in western Kentucky.

The suspect, 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, of Florissant, Missouri, had a suspended license and Ponder was arranging lodging for the man and his passengers when the suspect took off.

Police say Johnson-Shanks opened fire after his car had blown a tire during the chase.

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