Bardstown Police report spike in applications since officer's murder

By: Jordan Vilines Email
By: Jordan Vilines Email

Jason Ellis Bardstown Police Department

BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WKYT) - It's been two months since someone shot and killed a Kentucky police officer at the end of his shift. There have still been no arrests in connection to the murder of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis.

Chief Rick McCubbin says ever since Officer Ellis' murder, the department has been bombarded with applications from people wanting to become a police officer.

"It's kind of a like a post 9/11 thing, everybody just wants to get involved and do something," says Chief McCubbin.

Chief McCubbin says he is pleasantly surprised to see people actively applying to become an officer.

He told us he's even had to post a note on the front window to inform everyone that the department is not currently hiring.

"That's encouraging to know that this didn't scare anyone, this angered enough people that they want to make a career change and become a police officer," says Chief McCubbin.

Officials are still searching for the gunman who killed Ellis. Until they catch the culprit, Chief McCubbin will continue to wear a bracelet as a reminder of his fallen officer.

"He said that resonated with a lot of the police and put the 'You're my chief' on the inside, it's just a special bracelet to me, what I said in my eulogy towards Jason," says Chief McCubbin.

There is a reward being offered in the case. It's up to $135,000.

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