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Jason Ellis Murder: Connection to Pennsylvania shooting?

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A murder and manhunt hundreds of miles away from the Bluegrass has attention focused on Kentucky State Police and the unsolved May killing of Officer Ellis. A murder and manhunt hundreds of miles away from the Bluegrass has attention focused on Kentucky State Police and the unsolved May killing of Officer Ellis.
Timothy Davidson Timothy Davidson
Officer Jason Ellis Officer Jason Ellis
KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory
Chief Rick McCubbin Chief Rick McCubbin

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Could there be a connection to a Pennsylvania highway murder and the ambush killing of Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis? Kentucky State Police aren't sure, but they are looking at the possibility.

Both murders happened off a highway, in the middle of the night. Both victims were shot and there are no arrests in either case.

A murder and manhunt hundreds of miles away from the Bluegrass has attention focused on Kentucky State Police and the unsolved May killing of Officer Ellis.

"I've spoken to every bit of 30 different news channels," said KSP Trooper Jeff Gregory of his Thursday afternoon. It comes after the bizarre Saturday highway shooting death of 28-year-old Timothy Davidson. Davidson called Maryland dispatchers for help at 2:10 Saturday morning saying he was being chased and shot at by an aggressive driver on Interstate 81. As he crossed into Pennsylvania, his call dropped out. Police said the killer used the pickup truck they were in to force Davidson's SUV into a median, then shot Davidson several times, including a bullet to the head.

Hours earlier, another driver was shot at from a pickup truck 30 miles from where Davidson was killed.

Officer Ellis was also mysteriously shot and killed between 2 a.m. and 3 a.m. In his case, it was on an exit ramp off the Bluegrass Parkway. Kentucky State Police investigators told WAVE 3 News they did speak with investigators in Pennsylvania in detail. While they said the killer's MO doesn't appear to be the same, "It never hurts to try all your options and make that phone call because you never know what it may uncover," Gregory said.

"There's no such thing as a bad tip," said Barstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin. McCubbin said his son who lives in Colorado saw news of the possible connection. McCubbin said he's glad if nothing else, that national attention continues come to Ellis's murder case.

"This isn't just local or state," he said, "The authorities in Pennsylvania are aware of what happened to our officer and of course, we know KSP is following any lead that comes along.

Gregory said KSP will continue to follow the developments in Pennsylvania and stay in touch with investigators there.

Law enforcement officials in Pennsylvania have a press conference planned Friday morning on their case.

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