NELSON COUNTY, Ky. (WHAS11) -- Heartbreak and loss can be felt throughout Nelson County after an officer is killed while on his way home after work early Saturday morning.
According to officials, 33 year-old Jason Ellis stopped his cruiser to remove brush from the road on exit 34 on the Bluegrass Parkway when he was shot multiple times. Officials describe the attack as an ambush.
Nelson County Coroner said the shooter was positioned on a hill and used a shotgun in the slaying. A family returning home discovered Ellis’ body riddled with bullets outside his cruiser.
Ellis, a K-9 officer, worked for the Bardstown Police Department for seven years. Chief Rick McCubbin was visually shaken during a news conference Saturday morning.
“I can assure you we won't give up on this person until we either have them in custody or in the front sight of one of our weapons, and I personally hope the latter is the choice,” he said.
Sandi Pulliam has known Ellis for 10 years and tearfully described him as a great father and fair man. “I can’t believe someone. There is no justice in the world for someone to shoot him...Why would they shoot Jason? He was a good man.”
Police say this is an ongoing investigation and no suspects have been named.
Ellis is survived by his wife and two children.
“It’s very heartbreaking. This is a young man with child and now he’s gone. Them kids are going to miss him,” Bloomfield resident Mike Moore said.
Those who knew Ellis said he was very active in the community and loved baseball. He played for Cumberland College in Kentucky and also played for the minor league baseball team the Billings Mustangs. Nelson County residents are now vowing to catch the person who killed one of their own.
“You have taken away a very great man, and I hope they catch you,” Pulliam said.
Funeral arrangements are still pending.