BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) – Kentucky State Police are giving new details about the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis. For the first time on Tuesday, June 4, they said it was a tree limb that officer Ellis stopped to removed from the roadway when he was ambushed and shot to death.
Now they are looking for the public’s help to potentially link that detail to the crime.
Investigators are asking anyone who personally had, or knows of anyone who had, tree trimming work done or tree limbs removed from their property around the time officer Ellis was shot and killed to contact police. Anyone with this type of information or any other tip regarding his death should call (270) 766-5078. As of Tuesday evening, the reward for information leading to the arrest of those responsible is over $160,000.
Officer Ellis was shot as he was going home from work on Bluegrass Parkway. Police believe his killers intentionally placed debris in the roadway to prompt the 33-year-old to get out of his vehicle to remove it.