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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Nearly six months after Bardstown Police officer Jason Ellis was gunned down, his killer is still on the loose.
On Wednesday, WDRB reporter Stephan Johnson went back to the place where Ellis was ambushed to find out how investigators are working to catch a killer.
After nearly six months and thousands of leads, Kentucky State Police are now trying something a little different.
"An individual capable of committing such brutal crime must be kept off our streets," said Lt. Jeremy Thompson of Kentucky State Police. "Our investigation continues and we gain new information each day...today I'm here asking for your help."
You don't typically see police reading from a teleprompter -- but this is a special occasion. Thompson and a film crew are shooting an important on-the-scene promo.
"This was an idea that was brought on by our commissioner," Thompson said.
They're hoping to generate tips and leads in the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.
"He thought it might help get additional recognition for Officer Ellis' murder and reach a wider audience," he said.
Ellis was shot and killed while removing debris from the road on the Bluegrass Parkway in May of this year -- and after nearly six months, police still don't know if he was the target.
"We believe to a high certainty that it was intended for a police officer, but we cannot say with a 100 percent certainty that Officer Ellis was the target," he said.
The scene is now marked by a makeshift memorial, but investigators also often return to look for answers.
"It is a matter of perspective," Lt. Thompson said. "We come out, we're looking around, we have theories, we have ideas of how we believe the murder occurred -- the getaway of the suspect."
Lt. Thompson says the investigation also requires that police reexamine photos of the crime scene, and that's not easy.
"When I see those photographs and I see Officer Ellis in those photographs, it does anger me," he said.
That's why police are hoping someone watching will make the call -- if not for the safety of the community, perhaps for the growing reward being offered in the case.
"The reward currently stands at over $185,000," he said. "Recently the FBI added an additional $50,000 to bring it to that amount."
In addition to the reward, several agencies including the FBI are working the case.
"I've never been part of an investigation that had so many resources at the state, federal and local levels," he said.
Ellis left behind a wife, two children and a number of loved ones. That's why police hope the reward money, billboards or the on-the-scene promos will help them catch the killer.
"With your help, we are confident we can solve this case," Thompson said.
Anyone with information can obviously remain anonymous and should call Kentucky State Police or the FBI.