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KSP: Fallen officer's murder was premeditated

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Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department) Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department)
KSP held a press conference Sunday. KSP held a press conference Sunday.

ELIZABETHTOWN, KY (WAVE) – Kentucky State Police believe someone took the time to plan the murder of a Bardstown officer.

KSP held a press conference Sunday afternoon concerning the murder of Officer Jason Ellis, 33.

Police have no suspects in custody and they are seeking information from the public as they continue to search for the person or persons responsible.

According to Trooper Norman Chaffins, Ellis was shot and killed after he stopped to move debris from the roadway early Saturday morning on an off-ramp leading from the Bluegrass Parkway to Highway 55 in Nelson County. Chaffins said it is unclear at this point in the investigation if Ellis was the intended target of the shooting.

As of now, Chaffins said the only people who have been eliminated as suspects are those conducting the investigation.

According to the Nelson County coroner's office, a 12-gauge shotgun was used to shoot Ellis multiple times. Investigators said Ellis' service revolver was in its holster when he was found dead by a passerby just before 3 a.m. and that Ellis had no radio communications with dispatch in the minutes before his death.

Ellis was a husband, father of two, and a pee wee baseball head coach. He is the first Bardstown police officer killed in the line of duty in the department's 150-year history and the department's only K-9 officer.

Ellis' funeral will be held at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown. For full arrangement details, click here.

To contact KSP, click here.

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