Widow of slain Bardstown officer to talk to media Tuesday

mmeehan@herald-leader.comMay 28, 2013 

Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot multiple times last May when he got out of his cruiser to pick up tree limbs on an exit ramp of the Blue Grass Parkway.

Amy Ellis, the widow of slain Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis, will address the public Tuesday at a news conference.

A news release posted to the Bardstown Police Department Facebook page Monday night said Amy Ellis will talk to the media at 10:30 a.m.

The community has rallied around the widow and her two sons, with the Bardstown Police Department holding a candlelight vigil Monday night that was attended by several hundred people. Facebook users have made donations to help the family.

According to a news release from the department, the community gathered at the department offices, 212 Nelson County Plaza. Throughout the day, people had adorned a squad car with flowers and balloons in honor of Jason Ellis, according to the department's Facebook page.

Jason Ellis, 33, was shot multiple times with a shotgun after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County late Saturday night. Authorities suspect that it was an ambush. Jason Ellis, who started with the department in 2006, was the department's K-9 officer.

Visitation for Jason Ellis will be from 2 to 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 being asked by the police department to wait until Tuesday 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 at an online fundraising site. By Monday evening, $5,000 had been pledged to that campaign. Information on the authorized campaign will be released Tuesday.

Kentucky State Police are asking anyone with information about the shooting, to text 67283. Put KSPTIP in the message field followed by the information on the case.

Mary Meehan: (859) 231-3261. Twitter: @hlpublicsafety.

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