Officer Jason Ellis
BARDSTOWN, KY (AP) 5:40 p.m. -- An emotional funeral for a Bardstown police officer fatally shot on a highway exit ramp has ended with his fellow officers placing white flowers on his casket and saluting, one-by-one.
Hundreds of police officers, emergency workers and others attended Thursday's services for 33-year-old Jason Ellis. Ellis was shot to death early Saturday when he got out of his cruiser to remove debris from the road on his way home from work.
Ellis was a K-9 officer. His dog, Figo, stood beside his casket at the cemetery.
Following a morning service at Parkway Baptist Church featuring six speakers, a miles-long procession inched slowly through country roads to the cemetery in Chaplin, about 18 miles away from Bardstown.
People lined the streets as the procession went by, many clutching American flags or holding their hands on their hearts.
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) 1:45p.m. -- Hundreds of people lined the streets of Bardstown and packed into a church for the emotional funeral of a police officer fatally shot on a highway exit ramp.
The coffin of 33-year-old Jason Ellis was draped in an American flag Thursday for the 1 1/2-hour service. At least a half-dozen speakers took to the podium at Parkway Baptist Church.
The crowd included Ellis' wife and two young sons as well as police officers from across Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin told mourners that Ellis was a fun-loving jokester who dressed as an elf at a town Christmas party, and he was proud of his work taking drugs off the streets with his K-9 partner.
Ellis was shot to death early Saturday morning on his way home from work. Police say he got out of his cruiser to remove debris from the roadway when he was killed. An investigation is ongoing and there's a $100,000 reward for information.
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (AP) — A central Kentucky police chief says investigators are no closer to catching the killer of one of his officers in a nighttime ambush.
Bardstown Police chief Rick McCubbin said that some investigators are so busy checking possible leads that they won't attend Officer Jason Ellis' funeral on Thursday.
Meanwhile, a reward fund in the case has surpassed $100,000 after a $50,000 donation from Louisville businessman Gus Goldsmith.
Ellis was shot early Saturday after he exited his cruiser to pick up debris at a ramp on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County.
His slaying has spurred an outpouring of grief in the town of about 12,000, about 40 miles southeast of Louisville.
American flags lined the main road through town in recognition of the funeral.