BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- KSP are still exploring every possibility for suspects in the murder of Officer Jason Ellis who was gunned down outside of his vehicle early Saturday morning.
Police do believe this murder was premeditated. According to KSP, someone placed debris in the road. At this point investigators say they are unsure if Ellis was the intended target. “Someone planned this. Someone planned this, and someone planned to shot somebody at that spot, at that location, and that time,” Trooper Norman Chaffins said. Community members in Nelson County say this crime has affected nearly everyone.
“It’s scary. It scares everybody in the community. It could happen to anyone. If he wasn’t the intended victim that means anyone could have been the victim,” Nelson County resident Martin Rogers said
The Nelson County Coroner tells WHAS11 the shooter was positioned on top of hill near the exit 34. Ellis was shot multiple times. The shooter used a shotgun. Officials do not have a suspect at this time and have not ruled out multiple shooters, however the Nelson County Coroner has said only one type of weapon was used. “About the only people we have eliminated in this investigation are those that are actually conducting the investigation,” Chaffins said.
Police are asking the public for any tips or information regarding the murder, or events that may have led up to it. There is now a reward for information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the person(s) who killed Ellis. The reward is up to $6,000 and is being donated by numerous agencies.
Investigators are working 12 hour days. Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin has cancelled all days off for his officers while they hunt for whoever murdered their brother in blue. “I believe what the good book says. An eye for an eye. You kill one of my guys, I'm not going to rest until I have you in cuffs, or on the front sight of a weapon and I mean that,” McCubbin said.
Ellis leaves behind a wife and two young boys. On Sunday their church, the Bloomfield Baptist Church held a special prayer for them. “We spent a lot of time just praying for the family and just getting on our knees praying for them, because everybody here knows the Ellis’. We know their boys. Their boys run up and down the halls of this church. This has just really affected everyone,” Pastor Richard Carwile said.
Visitation for Officer Ellis will be held on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown. His funeral service will be on Thursday at 11 a.m. also at the church.
Officer Ellis' final resting place will be at Highview Cemetery in Chaplin, Ky.