Update: Officials Call Murder Of Bardstown Officer 'Premeditated'

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Updated: 5/27/2013 6:25 am
Kentucky State Police called the weekend murder of a Bardstown police officer 'premeditated' Sunday.

Officer Jason Ellis was shot several times after stepping out of his patrol car on the Bluegrass Parkway in Nelson County early Saturday morning.

State police said the 33-year-old officer was on his way home when he noticed debris in the road. He stopped to pick it up, but officials said the five-minute walk from his cruiser to the pile cost him his life.

The Nelson County coroner said that, judging by the angle of Officer Ellis's wounds, he believed the suspect was perched above the road.

Investigators said whoever it was, they were waiting.

The coroner also said Ellis was shot multiple times with a shotgun. He was found dead, still in uniform, by state police.

They said the officer was unable to return fire.

Investigators said they aren't certain if Ellis was the target, or if it was an ambush for any officer--or possibly, any person--who happened by.

State police are asking for the public's help in finding whoever did this.

They're offering a $6,000 reward, and say even the smallest detail--including something out-of-place in the area from days before--could make the biggest difference in finding Ellis's killer.

Visitation for Officer Jason Ellis will be on Wednesday at Parkway Baptist Church in Bardstown from 2-8 p.m.

His funeral will be Thursday at 11 a.m.
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