Bardstown Murder Investigation Continues

Aug 26, 2013

The FBI has announced it is offering a reward of up to 50-thousand dollars in connection with the ambush death of a Bardstown police officer three months ago.

Thirty-three year old Officer Jason Ellis was shot to death when he stopped to pick up tree limbs as he was driving home on May 25, 2013. The FBI reward comes in addition to the 135-thousand dollars already offered for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin says he had hoped the reward money would generate more solid leads by now, but he also wants a thorough investigation.

“Not everything is as quick as we want it sometime. I’ve said in the past that I want it done correctly.  I want the right person or people arrested. I don’t want it rushed,” ​ explained McCubbin.

McCubbin adds it’s troubling that that kind money has not led to some solid information by now.

“That’s a lifestyle change for somebody.  And to not trigger interest in at least something so far that is definitive or concrete, I’ll be honest, it worries me to some degree just how deep it’s going to be.  But we’ll go in whatever direction this investigation takes us,” added McCubbin.

Kentucky State Police are leading the investigation into Ellis’s death. The officer is survived by his wife and two young sons.  He also had a K-9 partner, Figo, who was retired after Ellis’s death and lives with his family.