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Police officer shot and killed in cruiser

Police officer shot and killed in cruiser

Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police) Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police)

K-9 Officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot and killed on the ramp of Exit 34 from the Bluegrass Parkway to Highway 55 in Nelson County early Saturday morning.

The Bardstown Police Department Chief of Police released Ellis' name in a press conference.

A 911 call from a woman who saw his body on the ramp came in to police around 2:40 a.m. reported as a fatal accident involving a police officer. When a trooper arrived, he found Ellis shot to death in the road.

Ellis did not have any radio communications with dispatch in the minutes before his death. He worked second shift, and was in uniform in a marked police car on his way home when the incident occurred.

Ellis was originally from Ohio and a seven year veteran with Bardstown Police. He leaves behind a wife and two young boys. He was active in the community as a youth baseball coach.

As the only K-9 officer of the 27 members of the Bardstown Police Department, he was the first officer to ever be killed in the line of duty.

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