Vigil held for fallen Bardstown officer

By: Tim Johnston Email
By: Tim Johnston Email

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - Hundreds came out in support Monday night, to honor a Kentucky officer shot and killed in the line of duty.

33-year-old Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was shot and killed early Saturday morning as he was heading home from work. He had stopped to move some debris blocking a ramp off the Blue Grass Parkway. Police say Ellis was ambushed.

As police continue to search for his shooter, hundreds gathered at a candlelight vigil Tuesday night in his memory.

"There wasn't a doubt in my mind. Me and the wife already brought flowers and put them up on the car and we brought candles and just can't wait to do the ceremony with everybody and it's just, you know, a sad time in Bardstown," said Joe Walker, who attended the vigil.

As the sun faded over fallen Officer Jason Ellis' cruiser, a new light took over. One that spread candle to candle in a tribute to the fallen hero.

"It's very breath-taking and it's humbling. It's awesome. This outpouring is just... I don't know what else to say," said Debbie Roberts, who came out to remember the officer Tuesday.

Ellis' family did take part in the vigil but they did not comment. They are expected to speak at a press conference Wednesday morning, making that the first time they'll address the media since the shooting.

Funeral arrangements have been set for Ellis. His visitation will be held Wednesday, from 2-8p.m. at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown. His funeral is at 11 a.m. on Thursday, also at Parkway Baptist Church.

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