Candlelight vigil to be held for slain Bardstown officer

mmeehan@herald-leader.comMay 27, 2013 

The Bardstown Police Department is scheduled to hold a candlelight vigil at 9 p.m. Monday to honor of slain officer Jason Ellis.

According to a news release, the vigil will be at the department offices, 212 Nelson County Plaza. A limited number of candles will be available so attendees are urged to bring their own.

Ellis, 33, was shot multiple times with a shotgun early after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County late Saturday night. Authorities believe it was an ambush. Ellis, who started with the department in 2006, was the department's K-9 officer. He is survived by a wife and two children.

Visitation for Ellis will be 2-8 p.m. Wednesday at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown. The funeral will be at 11 a.m. Thursday at the church.

People wanting to make financial contributions to the family are beings asked to wait until Tuesday to make contributions so a fund can be set up through the Fraternal Order of Police Lodge #43. According to the Bardstown Police Department Facebook page an unauthorized fund had been set up on a online fund raising site. By Monday evening, $5,000 had been pledged to that campaign. Information on the authorized campaign will be released Tuesday.

Police are still investigating the incident. Kentucky State Police are asking anyone with information to text 67283. Put KSPTIP in the message field followed by the information on the case.

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