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Police Officer Jason Scott Ellis | Bardstown Police Department, Kentucky Bardstown Police Department, Kentucky

Police Officer

Jason Scott Ellis

Bardstown Police Department, Kentucky

End of Watch: Saturday, May 25, 2013

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 33

Tour: 7 years

Badge # 139

Cause: Gunfire

Incident Date: 5/25/2013

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Suspect: At large

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Police Officer Jason Ellis was shot and killed from ambush on an exit ramp off the Bluegrass Parkway shortly before 2:50 am.

A citizen called 911 at 2:53 am to report that an officer had been fatally struck by a vehicle. A Kentucky State Police trooper responded to the scene and discovered that Officer Ellis had been shot.

Officer Ellis was en route home following his shift and was in uniform driving a marked vehicle. It is believed that a subject had purposely placed debris in the middle of the roadway with the intent of setting an ambush. As Officer Ellis removed the debris the subject opened fire with a shotgun from a nearby hilltop, shooting him multiple times and killing him instantly.

The subject who shot him remains at large.

Officer Ellis had served with the Bardstown Police Department for seven years. He is survived by his wife, two sons, mother, stepfather, and two sisters. Officer Ellis is buried in Highview Cemetery, Chaplin, Kentucky.

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Officer Ellis... Although we have never met I would like to thank you for your service. This is such a horrible act that was committed by such a cowardly person. Rest easy knowing that in this life or the next the individual responsible will pay the ultimate price. You are a true hero in every sense of the word and clearly a great man who was loved by many and is missed by all. I, like you, have a wife and son and put on this uniform every day not knowing if this will be the final inspection. Nothing will ever make the pain go away for your family but rest easy knowing that you are a warrior and your son will grow up to be a warrior, just like his father. This post is made with the utmost respect for you and your family. I will keep you and your family in my prayers. Be easy brother...

Sgt. R. Lacher
North Charleston Police Department, South Carolina
February 7, 2014


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