A police chief has vowed revenge in the death of a Kentucky officer. Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis, age 33, was gunned down over the weekend. Ellis reportedly stopped his cruiser to remove an obstruction on Bluegrass Parkway. He was then shot in what Kentucky State Police have described as “an ambush.”
As reported by CBS News, a $6000 reward is being offered for any information leading to an arrest in the officer’s shooting death. They are seeking any information about the incident or suspicious behavior in the area.
Kentucky State Police Trooper Norman Chaffins has stated that the shooting appeared to be a setup. The circumstances surrounding the incident suggest that the debris was intentionally placed on the road as the shooter or shooters waited.
Chaffins is unsure if Ellis was the intended target. However, he is fairly certain that the shooting was premeditated. Speaking to CNN, Chaffins explains:
“Someone planned this, and someone planned to shoot somebody at that spot, at that location, at that time.”
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin has vowed revenge as the evidence suggests intent. McCubbin explains his point of view:
“It’s an eye for an eye. You kill one of my guys, I’m not going to rest until I have you in cuffs or on the front side of a weapon. And I mean that.”
According to reports, Ellis never removed his service revolver from its holster. He was found by local residents, who used his radio to inform dispatch of the situation. Ellis was in uniform and driving his cruiser. He was off duty and on his way home from work.
Ellis worked with the Bardstown Police Department for the last seven years. He was in charge of handling the department’s K-9 officer. He is survived by his wife and two children.
Officer Jason Ellis’ funeral has been scheduled for 11 am on Thursday, May 30, at Parkway Baptist Church.
The Bardstown, Kentucky, police chief vows revenge as the investigation continues. Anyone with information in the officer’s death is encouraged to contact the Kentucky State Police, or Bardstown Police department.
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