UPDATE: 6/5/2013, 2:22 p.m. CDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- Investigators looking for the killer of a Bardstown police officer are asking area residents to contact them if they had tree work done around the time of the nighttime ambush in central Kentucky.
Officer Jason Ellis was shot to death late last month after he got out of his cruiser to pick up debris on a highway exit ramp in Nelson County.
Kentucky State Police Master Trooper Norman Chaffins said Tuesday that Ellis stopped to move tree limbs from the ramp when he was fatally shot.
Chaffins says the tree limbs had been trimmed and were not from any trees in the immediate area of the murder.
State police are asking Nelson County-area residents to contact them if they had trees trimmed or removed around the time of Ellis' slaying.
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WBKO) -- Kentucky State Police held a press conference Sunday afternoon concerning the murder of Officer Jason Ellis. Police say Ellis was shot and killed after he stopped to move debris from an off-ramp leading to the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County early Saturday morning.
KSP said it is unclear at this point in the investigation, if Ellis was the intended target of the shooting. According to the Nelson County coroner's office, a 12-gauge shotgun was used to shoot Ellis multiple times.
BARDSTOWN, Ky. (WBKO) – Jason Ellis,33, was found shot to death on exit 34 of the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County around 3 AM Saturday. It was initially called a fatal crash involving an officer, but state police discovered Ellis had been shot. Reports say he was in his uniform and on his way home from work.
Kentucky State Police investigators scoured the ramp for almost twelve hours as they searched for evidence.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick Mccubbin said "Ellis' vehicle was parked on the exit ramp with his blue lights on in a manner to prevent traffic indicating something was ahead."
Police don't know why Ellis stopped. Police also say the people who found him used his radio to call for help.
"We have no radio communication from him to our dispatch center, so why that is we don't know at this point." added Mccubbin.
Ellis had been with the department for seven years, he was their K-9 officer. He leaves behind a wife and two sons.
"We lost an officer, a family lost a son and a husband, a dad, Bardstown lost a member of it's community, the thin blue line that protects them." commented Mccubbin.
Mccubbin made his point clear at a press conference that the search for the shooter will be taken very seriously.
"I can assure you we won't give up on this person until we have them in custody, or in the front sight of one of our weapons, and I personally hope the latter is the choice."