BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WHAS11) -- The widow of an ambushed Bardstown Police officer says her late husband "will always be my hero."
In her first public statements Tuesday morning, Amy Ellis said "the pain will never go away" after her husband, 33-year-old Jason Ellis, was ambushed and killed Saturday on his way home from work. Officials are now saying he was targeted.
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Amy Ellis described her husband as being goofy and loving life. The two met 12 years ago in college. Amy said it was love at first sight.
On Tuesday Amy thanked the community for all the support. She said since her husband's murder she has felt sadness and anger, but through prayers she is able to live day to day.
The couple has two boys, a 6-year-old and a 7-year-old.
Kentucky State Police say Ellis was shot multiple times after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. The Nelson County Coroner tells WHAS the shooter used a shotgun and was positioned on a hill. Police investigators there are asking for the public's help in finding suspects. We've learned that Ellis was not in his normal SUV cruiser because it was being painted.
Amy Ellis said her husband was a dedicated father, police officer and husband.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said there have been lots of tips and a few leads, but nothing to get investigators excited yet. McCubbin said police officers have been instructed to respond to calls in pairs.
Donations from all over the country have poured in to help totaling more than $22,000. That money is being offered as a reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.
The city of Bardstown is also offering in addition a $10,000 reward making the total $32,000.
Officer Ellis' K9 named Figo will be retired. Chief McCubbin said Figo lost his partner and would not work with another officer. Figo will be given to the Ellis family.