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Community mourns fallen officer; chief vows justice

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Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department) Officer Jason Ellis (Source: Bardstown Police Department)
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin
Officer Ellis' patrol car is the site of a makeshift memorial. Officer Ellis' patrol car is the site of a makeshift memorial.
This is one of many notes that have been left for Officer Ellis on his patrol car. This is one of many notes that have been left for Officer Ellis on his patrol car.

BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) – Days later and there are still no answers as to who planned and carried out a Bardstown police officer's murder.

At the police department, people continue to stop by and add flowers and balloons to a memorial. They also leave personal messages to remember fallen officer Jason Ellis. 

"He was one of my very best and dearest friends," said fellow Bardstown officer Tom Blair. Blair is trying to comprehend that Ellis was killed.

"I just still can't believe that he is gone," said Blair, "that I will walk into that police department and not see him."

Blair said his heart breaks for Ellis' family: his wife Amy and their two young boys. Ellis' brother-in-law is also a Bardstown police officer.

"It's bad enough that we are going to bury Officer Ellis. I just hope and pray before we bury him, we know who did it," said Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin. 

The police force of 27 is very close and enjoys spending time with one another outside work. Officers said if you needed a laugh, Officer Ellis was your guy.

"He was fun when he was fun, but he was business when he was business," said Blair. "I will miss him terribly."

There are still no clear leads as to who is responsible, but Kentucky State Police believe someone took the time to plan Ellis' murder. The seven-year veteran of the force was found dead after he stopped to move debris on an exit ramp along the Bluegrass Parkway early Saturday morning. Investigators don't know whether Ellis, police in general or anyone who might have stopped to move the debris might have been targeted.

People in the Nelson County community are angry.

"Senseless coward act," said Bardstown City Councilman John Royalty, a former Bardstown police officer. "That's how I best describe it as a coward act."

"Kneeling on an exit ramp with my hand on one of my dead officers crying, wasn't what I had in mind, and this is certainly the worst day," McCubbin said. "The happiest day will be when we've got this person or persons in whatever fashion we need to get them, we're going to get them."

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