Coroner: Bardstown officer ambushed with 12-gauge shotgun

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The Louisville division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has announced that it is offering up to $50,000 for information leading to the identification, arrest and conviction of anyone responsible for the murder of Bardstown Police officer Jason Ellis.

Police say Ellis was ambushed and shot to death off Bluegrass Parkway in the early morning hours of Saturday, May 25, when he pulled over to pick up debris in the road.

To date, no one has been charged with the murder.

The FBI is also in the process of creating several billboards.

"Where we are right now is basically where we have been for the last few weeks," says Trooper Jeff Gregory, With Kentucky State Police.

Kentucky State Police are investigating the case and admit detectives are at a standstill, and say tips are declining.

Trooper Gregory says, "It's not the amount that we saw in the beginning but we still do get tips daily...and like I said before, we are following up on those and trying to see where they take us."

Police are hoping the help from the FBI will provide a boost in the case.

"We feel that when the subjects have done what they did and ambushed this officer, they are very dangerous," says Mary Trotman, Chief Division Counsel with The FBI.

On Monday, the FBI announced it's in the process of creating digital billboards that will be displayed nationwide.

Trotman says, "It'll be a poster type publication where it will say wanted, information wanted and it will have officer Ellis' photo. And they will be very widespread but this time I don't know where and how many there will be."

Kentucky State Police hope the money and billboards will be enough to get someone to call in a tip, even if it's the smallest bit of information.

Trooper Gregory says,"What I mean by that is...if somebody works at a factory and they go to work and they hear information third hand from somebody on a different shift who heard that their cousin said something, we want to know about it."

The reward money now stands at more than more than 2-hundred thousand dollars. Meanwhile, the FBI says you should start seeing those billboards by the end of the week.


Anyone with information on the murder is asked to call the local FBI office, including the Louisville office at (502) 263-6000. Tips may also be sent to

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