- Associated Press - Friday, September 18, 2015

ELIZABETHTOWN, Ky. (AP) - Here is the latest on the funeral for a Kentucky State Police trooper who was fatally shot this week during a high-speed chase (all times local):

6:15 p.m.

A slain Kentucky State Police trooper has been brought to his final resting place at a veterans cemetery.

Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder’s flag-draped casket was pulled on a horse-drawn caisson Friday, accompanied by officers on horseback and a riderless horse.

Bagpipers played “Amazing Grace,” and helicopters flew overhead to honor the 31-year-old trooper and Navy veteran.

Columns of his state police comrades and other law officers saluted as taps was played.

Hundreds of people lined the highway as a hearse carried Ponder’s body to the cemetery following his church funeral.

Many people held American flags. Others placed their right hands over their hearts, and others held signs honoring Ponder.

Police cars with their lights flashing stretched for miles as part of the funeral procession.

Ponder was fatally shot Sunday after a high-speed chase in western Kentucky.

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3:30 p.m.

Clusters of people are lining the highway leading from a Baptist church where a slain Kentucky state trooper was eulogized.

Some of the people standing by the road in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, held American flags, others placed their hands over their hearts and others held signs in support of police.

Hundreds of police officers attended the funeral Friday of 31-year-old Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder. The decorated Navy veteran was fatally shot Sunday after a high-speed chase in western Kentucky.

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2 p.m.

Hundreds of police officers have filed past the flag-draped coffin of a Kentucky state trooper who was shot and killed during a high-speed chase in western Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was remembered as a hero at his funeral Friday at a Baptist Church in Elizabethtown, Kentucky.

Law officers from across Kentucky and the country paid their respects to the 31-year-old Ponder, a decorated Navy veteran who had been on the state police force less than a year.

Hundreds of Ponder’s state police comrades and other law officers stood at attention as his coffin was placed in a hearse to be carried to a veterans cemetery.

State police Commissioner Rodney Brewer remembered Ponder as a hero “in the true sense of the word, not just because of how he died but more importantly how he lived his life.”

Brewer said Ponder lived a life “full of purpose and meaning and direction and sacrifice.”

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12:15 p.m.

A woman has pleaded not guilty after police say she was uncooperative during their investigation into the shooting death of a Kentucky state trooper.

The Paducah Sun reports (http://bit.ly/1Lm2GAU) that 18-year-old Ambrea Shanks of Florissant, Missouri, pleaded not guilty Thursday in Caldwell District Court in Princeton. Shanks is charged with first-degree hindering prosecution or apprehension.

Thirty-one-year-old Trooper Joseph Cameron Ponder was shot to death late Sunday in western Kentucky after a high-speed chase that reportedly started with the trooper pulling over Joseph Johnson-Shanks for speeding.

Police say Shanks was in the car with Johnson-Shanks, also of Florissant, Missouri, during the police pursuit. She was arrested Monday.

Authorities say 25-year-old Johnson-Shanks was shot to death by other Kentucky troopers after he refused to surrender.

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10:30 a.m.

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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10:00 a.m.

Kentucky State Police have requested that a police scanner recording of a fatal chase involving a Kentucky State Police trooper be taken off the Internet.

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

Ponder is heard on the recording calling out that he was shot and needed assistance.

State Police said an Internet-based scanning service, not affiliated with KSP, recorded the radio transmission and uploaded the audio file to YouTube in a video format.

State police Sgt. Michael Webb said You Tube denied a request by state police to remove the video.

Webb said Friday: “We do not want this man’s last dying words to play out in the public media out of respect for his family.”

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4:00 a.m.

The Missouri man whom police say shot and killed a Kentucky state trooper had pleaded guilty to drug charges in southern Illinois late last year.

WSIL-TV (bit.ly/1F5f5Ir) reports that Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks of Florissant, Missouri was charged with possessing drugs and guns after he was pulled over on Interstate 57 on Christmas 2014.

He spent nearly a month in the Franklin County Jail before pleading guilty to a charge of intent to deliver marijuana. Johnson-Shanks was sentenced to 30 months of probation.

Thirty-one-year-old Cameron Ponder was shot to death late Sunday in western Kentucky after a high-speed chase that reportedly began after the trooper pulled over Johnson-Shanks for speeding.

Police say Johnson-Shanks was shot to death by other Kentucky troopers after he refused to surrender.

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