Mon August 26, 2013
Reward Boosted for Information in Bardstown Officer's Slaying
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the ambush shooting death of a Bardstown police officer three months ago.
Officer Jason Ellis was attacked when he stopped to pick up tree limbs on a highway exit ramp while driving home from work.
A reward fund for an arrest in the case had already grown to $135,000; it came from public and private sources.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin told WFPL that it’s troubling that the 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," he said.
McCubbin said the pace of investigations such as this can sometimes be frustratingly slow, but they need to be thorough.
"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."
Kentucky State Police are leading the investigation into Ellis’s death.
The 33 year old 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.