Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis has been buried at a Nelson County cemetery following an emotional funeral service Thursday.
Ellis was shot to death last Saturday after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. The murder remains unsolved, with investigators not publicly identifying any suspects or motives in the case.
Hundreds of mourners--many of them police officers from across the state and nation--came to Bardstown Thursday for Officer Ellis' funeral. Friends remembered Ellis as a fun-loving family man who was proud of his work taking drugs off the street with his canine partner.
During the funeral service, a friend spoke of Ellis' previous life as a minor-league baseball player who decided to hang up his cleats and pursue law enforcement once he got married and became a father.
Ellis leaves behind a wife, Amy, and two sons, ages six and seven.
Meanwhile, a Louisville businessman is giving $50,000 to a reward fund set up to find the person or persons responsible for killing Officer Ellis.
Gus Goldsmith is also giving $10,000 to a fund to help the Ellis family.
Goldsmith says Ellis' death "hit home". Goldsmith's brother was murdered during a pawn shop robbery 38 years ago, and police never found the killer.
A slain Bardstown police officer will be laid to rest Thursday, even as the person responsible remains undetected. Colleagues will bury Officer Jason Ellis who investigators say was ambushed on the job.
The 33-year-old Ellis was on his way home from work Saturday morning when he stopped to move debris on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County. He was shot multiple times after getting out of his cruiser. Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin believes Ellis was targeted, saying the planning and execution of the attack was "methodical and precise."
Compunding the sadness of Ellis' colleagues is the fact there remains no suspects or motive for the crime. Chief McCubbin says he will not rest until there is justice.
"The happiest day will be, cause this is certainly the worst day, but the happiest day will be when we've got this person or persons, in whatever fashion we get them. We will get them," says McCubbin emphatically.
Ellis leaves behind his wife and two sons, ages six and seven. Following the funeral Thursday morning, a procession will go through Bardstown on the way to the cemetery for the community to pay respects along the route.
The Fraternal Order of Police has set up two accounts at a local bank. Wilson and Muir Bank and Trust is accepting donations to a memorial fund for the officer's family and a reward fund for information leading to an arrest and conviction.
The widow of an ambushed Bardstown police officer is making her first public comments since her husband was gunned down Saturday.
Kentucky State Police say 33-year-old officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County.
Amy Ellis Tuesday morning thanked the community for an outpouring of support.
"The only reason I can get up here right now is because of prayers, and God has picked me up off the bathroom floor," said Ellis. "I didn't want to live another second without him, but I know I have to be strong for our kids."
More than 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the police station. A stream of mourners turned a police car into a makeshift memorial, covering it with flowers, flags, and balloons.
The widow of an ambushed Bardstown Police officer is making her first public comments since her husband was gunned down Saturday.
Amy Ellis is expected to address the media Tuesday morning at law enforcement offices. Kentucky State Police say 33-year-old officer Jason Ellis was shot multiple times after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County.
Ellis' death has triggered an outpouring of grief in the town of about 12,000 about 40 miles southeast of Louisville.
More than 300 people attended a candlelight vigil Monday night outside the police station.
A stream of mourners has covered a police car with flowers, flags, balloons and baseballs on a police cruiser that's become a makeshift memorial in front of the police station.