The community of Bardstown, Ky., is moving from grief over the senseless killing of Police Officer Jason Ellis to rage and a desire to avenge his death.
Ellis, who leaves behind a wife and two kids, was driving home from work around 2 a.m. early Saturday when he noticed debris on the off ramp of the Blue Grass Parkway. He pulled over to clear the road and was immediately shot with a shotgun multiple times
in what is being termed a clear cut, premeditated ambush.
His gun was still in its holster.
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Kentucky State Police, responsible for investigating the killing, are working to piece together the crime.
Other than being able to say that it was clearly premeditated, the state police “are working around the clock, literally,” operating on little sleep and fueled by Red Bull to try to identify suspects.
“Someone planned this, and someone planned to shoot somebody at that spot, at that location, at that time
," State Trooper Norman Chaffins told CNN. But whether Officer Ellis was specifically targeted, or any police officer who happened by, or even just any Good Samaritan citizen who stopped to clear the debris is unclear.
Ellis, 33 years old, was a K-9 Officer and had been with the Bardstown Police Force since 2006.
K-9 Officer training is rigorous and the dogs and their handlers typically work together in a highly committed and specialized relationship. Officer Ellis had participated in numerous drug arrests and is credited with having had a significant impact in the illegal drug scene in a town of fewer than 12,000. Bardstown is 40 miles southeast of Louisville, Ky.
There has been an outpouring of sympathy for the family and outrage at the senseless brutality expressed on Facebook. Idalis Sandoval wrote, “[Oh] this is such a tragedy. Dear God, it breaks my heart. ... I assure you your department will stop at nothing to seek justice for this heinous crime.”
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