Johnson-Shanks had similar encounter with police before trooper’s death

New reports indicate Joseph Johnson-Shanks had a similar encounter to the one that resulted in the death of Kentucky State Trooper Cameron Ponder involving a gun with police last year.

People Magazine reports it obtained a police report from an arrest in Franklin County, Illinois, on Christmas Day in December of 2014. A state trooper pulled Johnson-Shanks over for speeding.

The report states when the trooper approached the car, Johnson-Shanks placed his hand on a gun in his glove compartment.

Johnson-Shanks was arrested and later pleaded guilty on weapons charges. He was conditionally discharged for 30 months. Ponder’s death took place in that time frame.

To read the full People magazine article, which includes additional details about Johnson-Shanks criminal record and past with police, click here.

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