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Many prepare their goodbyes to Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis

We have chilling new details in the murder of a Kentucky police officer.

Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - We have chilling new details in the murder of a Kentucky police officer.

Investigators revealed they believe whoever shot and killed 33-year-old Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis specifically targeted him.

The news comes as the community looks for ways to honor Ellis and support his wife and two young sons.

"There's no logic to this ambush," said Bill Sheckles, mayor of Bardstown.

Now determined that he was targeted, the story surrounding the shooting death of Officer Ellis isn't getting any easier to tell.

"This was, as I said, methodical, precise, set up, planned and executed in a perfect fashion unfortunately," said Chief Rick McCubbin, with the Bardstown Police Department.

But the community of Bardstown and even the state have pulled together in a way these officials never expected.

"We just want to thank everybody personally from my office," said Mayor Sheckles. "And on behalf of the police department and all of the citizens of this community, because we've had a tremendous outreach of support."

And the reward for information leading to an arrest in Ellis' murder continues to go up and is now at 32,000 dollars after a 10,000 dollar donation from the city on Tuesday.

Because of Ellis being the first Bardstown city police officer to be killed while in uniform, they are thinking of ways to honor him, one of which is to retire his K-9.

"We will probably dedicate that to the family. His young boys have grown up with the dog and on behalf of the family, that's their one last connection to the Bardstown Police Department," said Mayor Sheckles.

So as they say goodbye to Figo, they are preparing to say an even tougher goodbye to Officer Ellis starting on Wednesday.

"We have to take it one day at a time and do the best that we can," said Mayor Sheckles.

Ellis' visitation is on Wednesday from 2 to 8 p.m. at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown. His funeral will be 11 a.m. on Thursday also at the church.


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