LYONS COUNTY, KENTUCKY-- Police say a Florissant man accused of fatally shooting a Kentucky trooper has been shot and killed after an hours-long manhunt.
Trooper Jay Thomas, a state police spokesman, says 25-year-old Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Missouri was shot by police Monday morning when he refused to drop his weapon. He died at a hospital.
Authorities say 31-year-old trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was conducting a traffic stop Sunday night when the driver fled. After a chase, the suspect stopped his car abruptly and fired several shots into Ponder's cruiser. He died later at a hospital.
Police had said Johnson-Shanks fled on foot. Numerous law enforcement agencies had been aiding in the search, using helicopters and dogs in the rural, wooded area.
Three other people, a woman and two children, in Johnson-Shanks' vehicle. CNN reports that they are in custody. It is not clear if they will be charged.
The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Johnson-Shanks had been arrested by St. Louis police in August for failure to appear. He was arrested in May for stealing lotto tickets.
A social media account that appears to be associated with Johnson-Shanks shows photos of memorial sites for Michael Brown and others killed by police. He asked, "Why is it taking so long to arrest those officers."