Kentucky police have forwarded recent death threats to the FBI.
Bardstown police are currently mourning the loss of an officer who was ambushed last month while heading home from work. As the town comes to grips with this senseless crime, authorities have received threats stating other officers could be targeted as well.
The Kentucky State Police are forwarding several documents received by the Bardstown Police Department to the FBI for investigation. Since the individual has already taken the life of one officer, authorities are hoping they can catch the person before he strikes again.
“We don’t even know if any of the threats are credible, but obviously we’re going to treat them as if they are credible,” Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin told The Associated Press.
Until the suspect has been apprehended, McCubbin said officers are responding to all calls in teams of two. Authorities aren’t taking any chances until the culprit has been caught.
“He’s already shown us the level of violence he’s willing to go to. Once he’s done that, all bets are off,” Master Trooper Norman Chaffins explained.
According to USA Today, McCubbin received a threat on Thursday which stated other officers would “go down like the first one.” However, the police chief said the FBI doesn’t want the exact wording of the threat to be revealed to the public.
McCubbin added that another threat was made by telephone. For the moment, Kentucky police have no idea who could be making these threats.
“There’s nothing that we can really sink our teeth into or know who’s making them,” he explained.
Officer Jason Ellis was killed on May 25 after he stopped his cruiser to remove tree limbs that were blocking a ramp on the Bluegrass Parkway. Authorities believe the debris was intentionally placed on the ramp so the suspect could ambush the officer.
An investigation by Kentucky police and the FBI into these death threats is currently underway.