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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

Weapon: Shotgun; 12 gauge

Offender: 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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My condolences to the Ellis Family. But being a resident of Kentucky and not to terribly far from Bardstown, KY this case bothers me terribly. As a retired law enforcement officer I know random things happen and stranger things happen than a random killer. Could what happened on that exit ramp have been some random killer targeting anyone or even just a cop hater that targeted the first Police Officer that exited? Sure I suppose. But lets first aknowledge if it is truly that random the only way the killer or killers are going to get caught is if they do it again and make a mistake. This has more of a personal feel in my humble opinion. It seems very well thought out and planned. To make sure it was only Officer Ellis to exit even implies that perhaps Officer Ellis was followed from work all the way to the exit ramp with at least two killers or accomplices perhaps communicating by some manner. Sure being late at night reduced the risk of someone else exiting but not totally. It feels personal like Officer Ellis cost some drug dealer to lose a lot of money in a drug bust or something else personal. I won't speculate on family or colleagues let us hope it was not any of them. So I will focus on criminal elements. If Officer Ellis was killed because of some case or some criminal he was pursuing then the ultimate killer of Officer Eillis is already on record in case files. Likely the killer hired folks though. So if Officer Ellis was murdered because of his job the killer is known to police even if they have not connected the dots to tie the killer to the crime. Folks out their know the answer and it eats me up. They are family members of these killers that have to suspect yet they live their life even taking their hypocritical selves to church all the while being able to help and not doing so. Shame on society shame on these folks. Good Day.

Joe Law
Retired LEO
November 28, 2015


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