A Bardstown, Kentucky police officer was shot and killed on Saturday, May 25, in what is being termed as a potential ambush. Details about the homicide are still being filled in, as the police officer, Jason Ellis, was not using a dashboard camera, nor did he radio his dispatch before he stopped his car. Reports reveals the officer shot "multiple times" with a shotgun:
Nelson County Coroner Rayfield Houghlin told The Courier-Journal that Ellis was shot "multiple times" with a 12-gauge shotgun. Houghlin said the officer's service weapon was in its holster, suggesting the possibility of an ambush.
The Kentucky State Police indicated in a televised interview that they were not sure Ellis was even the target:
It is with a heavy heart that we announce the loss of one of our finest officers. Officer Jason Ellis started his Police career in 2006 at the Bardstown Police Department. He was our K-9 Officer. He was active in the community and quickly earned the respect of his peers. He served Bardstown with dignity and honor. He wore the uniform well and he will be missed more than mere words can express. We ask for your prayers and that you pray for his wife and two children...
Currently, the assailant is still at large. If you have any information concerning Officer Ellis' death, you can contact the Kentucky State Police's Text a Tip line at 67283. Earlier this evening, Bardstown held a candlelight vigil for their fallen policeman, and the funeral is scheduled for Thursday of this week.