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Homeowner recalls police carrying suspect from woods through her yard

Homeowner Nila Kotlarich says it all started at around 2:30 a.m. Monday when police woke her up to let her know they were looking for an armed and dangerous man. (Source: Nila Kotlarich) Homeowner Nila Kotlarich says it all started at around 2:30 a.m. Monday when police woke her up to let her know they were looking for an armed and dangerous man. (Source: Nila Kotlarich)
"I went down to let my chickens out of the coop and I come up here, it's about 7 o'clock, and I heard a gunshot. And I come out and he asked me to move my car so they can get the ambulance in here, so I figured they got him." (Source: Nila Kotlarich) "I went down to let my chickens out of the coop and I come up here, it's about 7 o'clock, and I heard a gunshot. And I come out and he asked me to move my car so they can get the ambulance in here, so I figured they got him." (Source: Nila Kotlarich)
Dozens of police had her property surrounded until well after day break.(Source: Nila Kotlarich) Dozens of police had her property surrounded until well after day break.(Source: Nila Kotlarich)
LYON COUNTY, KY (KFVS) -

A homeowner in Lyon County recounts her harrowing experience as police carried the injured body of the man suspected of shooting and killing  Kentucky State Police trooper through her back yard.

The massive manhunt for Joseph Thomas Johnson-Shanks was called off when he was found in the woods just a few feet away from a home in a quiet neighborhood.

Homeowner Nila Kotlarich says it all started at around 2:30 a.m. Monday when police woke her up to let her know they were looking for an armed and dangerous man.

"They said there was someone that shot somebody," she said.

That somebody was 25-year-old Joseph Johnson-Shanks from Florrisant, Mo. who police suspected shot and killed Kentucky State Trooper Cameron Ponder.

Caught in the middle of it was Kotlarich. Her property bumps up to where police shot Johnson-Shanks on Monday morning after they say he refused to drop his gun.

She said dozens of police had her property surrounded until well after day break. A sight she never expected to see living in such a rural area.

Walking through her backyard, she calmly recalled where police carried out the suspected shooter, from the woods behind her house, to a waiting ambulance.

"I went down to let my chickens out of the coop and I come up here, it's about 7 o'clock, and I heard a gunshot. And I come out and he asked me to move my car so they can get the ambulance in here, so I figured they got him," Kotlarich said. "I moved my car and they brought him out."

Kotlarich said she and her husband have lived there for about two and a half years and she never expected to witness something like that.

"I expect this in town, not out here," she said.

Kotlarich said she's not going to move, but the incident was an eye-opener.

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