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Suspect In Kentucky State Trooper's Shooting Is Shot and Killed

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Police say the man accused of fatally shooting a Kentucky state trooper has been shot and killed after an hours-long manhunt.

Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks, a 25-year-old from Missouri was shot by police Monday morning when he refused to drop his weapon, said Trooper Jay Thomas, a state police spokesman.

He died at a hospital.

Police believe Johnson-Shanks killed 31-year-old trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder.

Authorities says Ponder 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 and was found hours later in a rural, wooded area. Numerous law enforcement agencies had been aiding in the search, using helicopters and dogs in the rural, wooded area.