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Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder | Kentucky State Police, Kentucky Kentucky State Police, Kentucky


Joseph Cameron Ponder

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch: Sunday, September 13, 2015

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 31

Tour: 9 months

Badge # 954

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Gun; Unknown type

Offender: Shot and killed

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Trooper Cameron Ponder was shot and killed after conducting a vehicle stop on I-24, near Lamasco, at approximately 10:20 pm.

Trooper Ponder was on patrol when he observed a vehicle commit a traffic violation. The vehicle fled during the stop, leading Trooper Ponder on a nine-mile pursuit. During the chase, the driver abruptly stopped his vehicle, causing Trooper Ponder to crash into it. The man then exited his vehicle and opened fire, killing Trooper Ponder.

The subject fled the scene on foot but located in a wooded area several hours later by members of the Kentucky State Police SRT. He was shot and killed when he pointed his weapon at the officers.

Trooper Ponder was a U.S. Navy veteran and had served with the Kentucky State Police for nine months. He was assigned to the Mayfield Station. He is survived by his fiancee, parents, three siblings, and grandparents.

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I went through pre-dive in Illinois and dive school in Florida with Ponder. he was a strong diver, reliable and everyone enjoyed his company. I remember a specific situation where we "owed" something like a thousand 8-counts but were given opportunities to lower the number. Ponder made a bet with one of the instructors that he could outrun him in a 50 meter dash. None of us knew that he had that wing tatoo on his leg for a reason. He had apparently been some kind of state sprinting champion or something along those lines. Anyways, Ponder smoked the instructor. I am sorry for the loss.

Adam Coe
ND brother
February 23, 2017


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