Shanks arraigned in connection with trooper shooting

Ambrea Shanks of Florissant, Missouri, was arraigned Thursday in Caldwell County. She is charged with hindering the apprehension of a suspect, Joseph Johnson-Shanks.

Kentucky State Police say Johnson-Shanks shot and killed Trooper Cameron Ponder Sunday night before running into the woods. Police found Johnson-Shanks the next day. They say they shot him to death when he pointed a gun at officers.

The uniform citation alleges that Ambrea purposely tried to keep police form catching her uncle. Ambrea, another adult family member, and two children witnessed the shooting from inside the car. Sheriff’s deputies say they had a family member call Johnson-Shanks while he was on the run and put it on speakerphone so they could listen. Investigators say Ambrea yelled to let him know investigators were listening.

Shanks appeared in court via TV monitor. The prosecution asked for her bond to be raised to $25,000 because they believed she’s a flight risk. The judge declines and kept bail at $10,000.

Shanks faces a class D felony, which could mean one to five years in prison. If she makes bail, the judge ordered that she wear an ankle monitor and not leave Kentucky.

Ambrea Shanks’ preliminary hearing will be  9 a.m. on Wednesday, at the Lyon County District Court. 

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