Over the Memorial Day weekend, a Bardstown, Kentucky police officer was shot and killed in a possible ambush, according to a report from Reuters. The body of police officer Jason Ellis, 33, was found lying near his police cruiser on an exit ramp of the Blue Grass Parkway in north central Kentucky in the early hours of Saturday morning.
The officer’s cruiser was parked with its emergency lights on and it appeared that he had stopped to pick up debris that was lying in the road. Kentucky State Police told the Courier-Journal newspaper that they believe the debris was placed there deliberately, to set up an ambush.
At a press conference, Kentucky State Police spokesman, Master Trooper Norman Chaffins, said that Ellis may have been shot and killed in a possible ambush. “Someone planned this and someone planned to shoot someone at that spot and at that time.” Chaffins went on to say “We’re looking at the possibility of one, possibly two or three persons involved with this.” It is not known for certain if Ellis himself was the target of the ambush.
Officers were dispatched to the scene when dispatch received a call about an accident involving a police officer at that location.
Ellis, who had been a police officer for seven years, had been shot several times with a 12-gauge shotgun, according to Nelson County Coroner Rayfield Houghlin. The main reason it is believed Ellis was ambushed is the fact that his service weapon was still in his holster. Ellis was not driving his regular vehicle at the time; he was on his way home in a ‘pool car’, so there was no dash-cam footage. Detectives working the case carried out interviews but did not locate any eye witnesses.
In tribute to Ellis, whose body was escorted to the medical examiner’s office in Louisville by approximately 50 vehicles, a statement on the police department’s Facebook page reads.“He was active in the community and quickly earned the respect of his peers. He served Bardstown with dignity and honor.”
according to the WLWT television station, Bardstown has a population of 12,000. The town lies 40 miles south of Louisville. The police department has 27 officers, according to its website. Ellis is the first Bardstown police officer killed in the line of duty.
Written by Graham J Noble