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KSP looking at similarities between Pa. shooting and Ellis death

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- It's been almost eight months since Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis was murdered.

A new development Thursday shows just how far investigators are willing to reach to find his killer.

The Maryland/Pennsylvania state line is about 700 miles from Kentucky but an interstate murder that happened there over the weekend has caught the attention of the Kentucky State Police.

"Sometime around mid morning I received a call from a Fox affiliate in New York and the reporter for that affiliate was asking me if we were aware here at Post 4 of the situation that was occurring in Pennsylvania," said KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory.

The situation the reporter was referring to is a deadly road rage shooting.

28-year-old Timothy Davison of Maine was found in his car with multiple gun shot wounds right after he called 911 to report that an aggressive driver was chasing him.

He was later pronounced dead.

Trooper Gregory says they have no reason to believe that case and Jason Ellis' murder have any connection but that every lead is worth following.

"Whenever you have an investigation of the magnitude of the one in Pennsylvania and the one we've been working for several months down here in Kentucky, you don't want to leave any stone unturned."

So the lead detectives on both cases compared notes.

"Since they're both fatal shootings, they're comparing weapons or maybe ammo if they know that or anything else. You obviously have the correlation of the interstate and the fatal shootings," Gregory told WDRB.

But Gregory says right now, the only similarities they could find are that both murders happened with firearms on interstates and neither case has any identified suspects.

But they aren't ruling out a connection completely because KSP is nearly eight months into the Ellis investigation and Pennsylvania's is in the very early stages.

"As they go and investigate further what's going on in Pennsylvania and they feel like based off the information we provided them from the Ellis case that there's any similar circumstances, then they'll be back in touch," he explained.

Gregory says this isn't a desperate attempt at a lead.

He says they still get tips and investigators are confident they will find whoever it was that shot and killed Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.

"I'm not going to sit here and say we have the tip and lead volume that we did the days following May 25th, when Officer Ellis was murdered but we still get weekly tips and obviously we follow up on every one of them," said Gregory.

Click HERE for a Fox News story related to the investigation.

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