Police: gang member claims role in officer's death
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WDRB)--Detectives in Bardstown are looking into whether a local gang is all talk, or could be connected to the death of officer Jason Ellis.
They are looking into the "Bardstown Money Gang."
And it all started after a fight at a back to school party. And according to police, the possible connection came from the main suspect's own mouth.
24-year old Brant Sheckles' alleged statements are causing a lot of concern in Bardstown.
"Inferred that the same thing that happened to officer Ellis could happen to you," says Nelson County Sheriff Stephen Campbell.
Sheckles was arrested and taken to the Nelson County jail after police say he and some associates started a fight at a field party on King Road on Saturday.
"Identified themselves by screaming it out as my understanding as BMG which is known around here as the Bardstown Money Gang," says Sheriff Campbell.
Sheriff's deputies were called to the scene and according to this police report, en route to jail Sheckles repeatedly asked to be released and then said "you saw what happened when you all crossed us"...referring to the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, who was shot and killed in May.
"And for someone to go out and make an outlandish statement like that it just opened the wounds back up that people had not healed yet," says Bill Sheckles, Bardstown Mayor.
Police believe Sheckles is part of the "Bardstown Money Gang"...and mostly just talk, but this is not the first time he has made comments connecting himself to officer Ellis. In July, he was arrested and according to another police citation...the officer writes:"Sheckles made several threats to my life and comments involving Officer Ellis' murder."
Bill Sheckles says, "He is my nephew but unfortunately you can pick your friends but you can't always pick your relatives."
Sheckles is well aware of his nephew's comments. He says, "They're young kids, they don't know what they're talking about, they don't know what they're doing but they're making people uneasy and I don't want that happening on my watch."
WDRB News has also talked to Kentucky State Police. They have interviewed Brant Sheckles and don't even consider him a person of interest in the murder of Ellis.
Meanwhile, Wednesday afternoon the mayor met with other city officials to talk about what happen last weekend. They want to make sure that citizens of Bardstown aren't worried about the so called Bardstown Money Gang.
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