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Kentucky State Police use YouTube to seek tips in Bardstown officer's death

Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot multiple times in May 2013 when he got out of his cruiser to pick up tree limbs on an exit ramp of the Blue Grass Parkway.
Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis, 33, was shot multiple times in May 2013 when he got out of his cruiser to pick up tree limbs on an exit ramp of the Blue Grass Parkway.

State troopers have created a YouTube video that they hope will produce fresh leads in the murder of Bardstown officer Jason Ellis.

In the video, Kentucky State Police Lt. Jeremy Thompson describes in stark detail the ambush-murder of Ellis, who was gunned down at an exit ramp on the Blue Grass Parkway on May 25.

Someone placed branches in the road. Ellis, who was driving home at the end of his shift, stopped to remove the obstruction and was shot and killed. The attacker has never been identified.

The video states that there is a $185,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the killer.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Elizabethtown KSP Post at 270-766-5078 or to call the toll-free Kentucky State Police Tip Line at 1-800-222-5555.

Tips also can be emailed to EllisCaseETips@ky.gov.

State Police Commissioner Rodney Brewer said troopers plan to send out the video via KSP's own social media platforms to local police departments and to agencies in bordering states.

"It just seems like the perfect avenue to tap new leads from a different audience," Brewer said. "Sometimes solving complex cases takes everyone pitching in to make sure no stone is left unturned."

To view the Ellis case video, click on this link: http://youtu.be/fGRj8fR75JQ or watch it below.

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