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BARDSTOWN, KY (WDRB) -- Less than two weeks after an officer was gunned down, the Bardstown Police Department has received a letter threatening that other officers could be killed, authorities confirmed Monday.
A source tells WDRB News the letter did not mention a specific agency or officer but made a clear threat that is being taken seriously. Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin told WDRB News by phone Monday that the letter was addressed to him directly and arrived late last week through the mail.
McCubbin, who declined an on-camera interview, told WDRB News "a card" arrived last Thursday. He declined to elaborate on the specific threat made to officers as did Kentucky State Police investigators, who only said that the correspondence was sent to the FBI.
"The Bardstown Police Department has received various correspondences including mail matter involving Jason Ellis' death. Any items of questionable nature have been forwarded to the FBI for further examination," Trooper Brad Riley told WDRB News.
"There's a lot of threats going out. I'm well rested that KSP is following up on everything that's coming to them," said Buddy Gulden, a Bardstown shop owner who says he's close with many officers on the Bardstown Police Department.
Gulden, who owns a shop near Bardstown's main square, has printed off thousands of flyers with Ellis' picture, posting them all over town. Underneath Ellis' picture are the words "our fallen hero."
"That's the least I could do for the officers on the police department," Gulden said.
The former sheriff's deputy in Texas has a daughter and son-in-law who are officers. Gulden says Ellis' death has affected him. He's even built a memorial to the fallen officer in his store.
"The way he was gunned down like a dog, nobody deserves that," Gulden said.
The department is still on a heightened awareness two weeks after Officer Jason Ellis was ambushed and gunned down May 25th on an off ramp from the Bluegrass Parkway.
Kentucky State Police reiterated Monday that they've received numerous tips that continue to be investigated. Last week, investigators asked anyone in Nelson or surrounding counties to contact police if they had trees trimmed or yard work done recently.
Investigators says Ellis was removing tree limbs from the roadway when he was shot multiple times. Kentucky State Police say those limbs were intentionally placed there. A reward fund leading to the arrest and conviction of those responsible tops $125,000.