"Troubling," that's how State Police describe their feelings as they investigate the murder of a Bardstown police officer.
State Police say someone ambushed and killed Officer Jason Ellis in a premeditated murder early Saturday morning.
On Memorial Day, everybody had Officer Ellis on their mind.
Bardstown's never had a Memorial Day like this, because Bardstown's never had a police officer killed.
Closing early for the holiday, Mammy's Kitchen is usually one of the busiest restaurants in Bardstown. The owner says people have been eating in quiet.
"I haven't really heard a lot of people talking about. It's something that you just don't want to talk about, because it's so horrific," said Christy Clark, Mammy's Kitchen owner.
State Police say around 3 AM Saturday, Officer Ellis stopped to remove debris from Exit 34 on the Bluegrass Parkway. KSP says Ellis was shot multiple times.
Police don't know if Ellis was targeted, and they don't know if they are looking for a suspect, or suspects.
"It's just shock," said Clark.
"You can't put it in words," said Nelson County Deputy Reece Riley.
"I can't believe that he's gone, that I won't walk into that place to work, and not see him. I's just tough. His boy's at home, and as far as I'm concerned I've got a new sister, and I've got 2 nephews that I have to look out for now," said Tom Blair, Bardstown Police Officer.
Police set up a memorial outside the station.
"Our hearts and prayers go out to his family and friends and all the coworkers," said Clark.
In Bardstown the kisses have more meaning, and the hugs are longer.