BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Family and friends say officer Jason Ellis was very much respected by those who knew him.
The 33-year-old leaves behind a wife and two young sons. Ellis grew up in Batavia, Ohio, just outside of Cincinnati.
Ellis joined the Bardstown Police Department in 2006, after playing with the Reds minor league baseball team. He also played college baseball for the University of the Cumberlands.
Sunday, his former congregation showed his family photos and also shared memories.
"Many of you loved Jason, loved the Ellis family. He was honest and just a great guy and we're going to miss Jason," said Brent Snook, Ellis' former pastor.
Early Saturday morning, the K9 officer was on his way home from work when he was shot and killed. His body was found outside of his patrol car on the ramp from the Bluegrass Parkway.
Funeral arrangements have been set for Ellis. His visitation will be held on Wednesday, from 2:00 until 8:00 p.m. at the Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown. His funeral will then be at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, also at the Parkway Baptist Church.
Police are offering a reward for any information that leads to an arrest. The Kentucky State Police encourage you to 'Text a Tip' if you have information on Ellis' murder. It's completely confidential.
Just use any electronic device with texting capabilities, then text 67283 in the address field. Type KSPTIP in the message field. Leave a space and then enter your information about the crime.
You should receive an instant confirmation text on your phone if your tip was successfully received.