Support offered in wake of Officer Ellis’ death

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By Brandon Mattingly

Well over 1,000 members of the Commonwealth met on Thursday for the funeral of fallen Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis, yet even more support in Ellis’ memory has come through in recent days with donations to a pair of funds set up to support his family and find his killer.

Ellis was killed by multiple shotgun wounds on the Bluegrass Parkway exit ramp near Bloomfield Road (KY-55) on May 25 in what Kentucky State Police have described as a planned murder. Ellis was ambushed after leaving his vehicle to remove debris that had been placed on the road.

Ellis was believed to be on his way home after finishing his shift around 2 a.m., and authorities have said they do not know if Ellis or another officer was the target.

The Kentucky Standard reported that more than 1,100 people attended the officer’s funeral at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown, and that another 700 watched on a big screen in the church’s gym. Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin said that the motorcade escort on the way to the gravesite was as long as 20 miles.

Support for Ellis’ family and the search to find those responsible has been in full force since his death, including a reward of more than $100,000 for anyone with information. The reward crossed the $100,000-mark when Louisville businessman Gus Goldsmith, owner of Action Loan at Second and Market streets in Louisville, donated $50,000 to the reward fund last week, as well as a $10,000 to the fund supporting Ellis’ family.

On Saturday, The Standard reported that three mayors and two police chiefs from Hardin County visited Bardstown to donate a total of $9,500, taking the reward fund to roughly $110,000.

To make a donation to the family of Jason Ellis or to the reward fund for information relating to this investigation, contact Wilson & Muir Bank or mail/drop-off payment at the Bardstown Police Department, Attn: Chief Rick McCubbin, 212 Nelson County Plaza, Bardstown, Ky. 40004.

Make checks payable to Officer Jason Ellis Memorial Fund or Officer Jason Ellis Reward Fund. Those donating are asked to specify which fund they choose to donate to.