Investigators continue working to catch Officer Jason Ellis' killer

Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department
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BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Nearly six months after Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was gunned down and his killer is still on the loose.

On Wednesday, Kentucky State Police returned to the place where Ellis was ambushed where they tried a new tactic to help catch the killer.

“An individual capable of committing such brutal crime must be kept off our streets,” said Lt. Jeremy Thompson with Kentucky State Police.

You don't typically see police reading from a teleprompter -- but this is a special occasion.

“Our investigation continues and we gain new information each day. Today I’m here asking for your help.”

Lt. Thompson and a film crew are now shooting an important on-the-scene promo. “This was an idea that was brought on by our commissioner.”

This idea is intended to generate tips and leads in the murder of Officer Jason Ellis, who was shot and killed while removing debris from the road on the Bluegrass Parkway in May.

“We believe to a high certainty that it was intended for a police officer, but we cannot say with a 100% certainty that Officer Ellis was the target.”

Now officers hope someone watching will make the call-- if not for the safety of the community, perhaps for the growing reward being offered.

“The reward currently stands at over $185,000. Recently the FBI added an additional $50,000 to bring it to that amount."

Hopefully, the combination of reward money, billboards and on-the-scene promos will help police catch the killer.

"With your help, we are confident we can solve this case."

The promo video for officer Jason Ellis will be posted on the Kentucky State Police YouTube page.

The reward in the case has surpassed $200,000.

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