BARDSTOWN, KY (WAVE) - A Cincinnati reporter is telling a compelling account of the final 24 hours of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis' life.
WCPO reporter Jessica Noll spent 100 hours interviewing, searching through records and listening to radio traffic pertaining to the ambush killing of Ellis on May 25, 2013. Ellis, a Batavia, Ohio native and former minor league player for the Cincinnati Reds organization, was gunned down on a Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp after stepping out of the police cruiser he was driving home from work. Investigators have said Ellis was attempting to remove debris from the ramp that was deliberately placed there.
Noll's article is written like a novel. She details what started as a normal day for Officer Ellis with his wife Amy. Through records and radio traffic, Ellis' final day on the job unfolds: he arrives at work, stops at Dean Watts Park to see his son play baseball, heads to a domestic disturbance, gets dinner.
The article also sheds light on the interactions between Ellis and his best friend, fellow Bardstown Police Officer Andrew Riley, including the pair dealing with a combative man and an encounter at Flaget Hospital. Through radio traffic, the final moments of Officer Ellis' life are told -- from his last transmission to the frantic calls made by the people who discovered his body.
The complete interactive article, titled The Mystery on Exit 34: What Really Happened to Jason Ellis?, includes video, pictures and sound, and is optimized for Chrome, Firefox and Safari: http://media2.wcpo.com/html/exit34/