FBI increases reward for leads in Bardstown cop and Batavia native Jason Ellis' murder

BARDSTOWN, Ky. – The Federal Bureau of Investigations and Kentucky State Police are stepping up their request for the public’s help in solving the shooting death of police officer Jason Ellis.

“Hello, I am Lt. Jeremy Thompson with the Kentucky State Police Elizabethtown post and today we are asking for your help,” the KSP officer states in a recently released YouTube video imploring anyone with information to contact his department.

Ellis, a 33-year-old Bardstown, Ky. police officer, was found shot dead near his cruiser on the Bluegrass Parkway exit 34 on the morning of May 25. It is believed an unknown gunman ambushed Ellis by placing debris in the roadway and shot him as the officer cleared it, according to the KSP and FBI investigation.

Ellis was a Batavia, Ohio, native, 1998 Glen Este graduate and former Cincinnati Reds minor leaguer who, worked as a K-9 officer for Bardstown for seven years.

In August, the FBI announced an initial reward of $50,000 for information leading to an arrest in Ellis’ murder case.

“To this day he has an unknown killer,” Thompson said. “Our investigation continues and we gain new information daily, but I am here asking for you help.”

KSP encourages the public to submit tips by contacting the KSP Elizabethtown Post at (270) 766-5078 or call the toll free KSP Tip Line at (800) 222-5555. An email address has also been established for tips at EllisCaseETips@ky.gov.


Tap here to view the YouTube video from Lt. Jeremy Thompson about Jason Ellis' murder investigation

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