Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder

Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder

Kentucky State Police, Kentucky

End of Watch Sunday, September 13, 2015

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Joseph Cameron Ponder

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.


  • Age 31
  • Tour 9 months
  • Badge 954
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Gun; Unknown type
  • Offender Shot and killed

Pursuit, traffic stop

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Cameron was on the track team at North Hardin High School with my son Kevin Watson, my son said Mom he ran as fast as the superhero "FLASH". And he was the coolest and kindest person you could meet. My son was devastated by the lost of his teammate and friend. I as a retired U.S. Navy veteran also was sadden by the loss of one of my Navy family members who choice to defend this United States of America's Constitution and its citizens honorably while in the Navy. And choice to continue doing so as a Kentucky State Trooper. Fair Winds and Following Seas. My yearly CFC and personal charity donations will be to Kentucky State and local law enforcement agencies. Thank you Mr. and Mrs. Ponder for sharing your gift with all who had the pleasure of meeting and knowing Cameron.

Cheryl White
Retired U.S. Navy veteran and mother of Cameron's teammate Kevin

January 4, 2020

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