Gang investigated in killing of Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis
Detectives following officer's arrest trail
4:08 PM, Jun 6, 2013
4:19 PM, Jun 6, 2013
BARDSTOWN, Ky. - Detectives investigating Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis' slaying have followed up on leads from Ellis' cases - and one of those involved the Bardstown Money Gang.
So far, none of the leads have panned out, Kentucky State Police spokesman Norman Chaffins said. But comments on social media sites have led officers to question gang members.
"They are causing themselves to be investigated," Chaffins said. "Whether it's BMG or AARP, we are going to be knocking on every door."
Police say Ellis arrested the gang's leader, Deandre Labrice Douglas, in January on charges including assault.
Douglas, who is serving a 10-year sentence on assault and drug trafficking convictions at Roederer Correctional Complex, told the newspaper that neither he nor any of his family or friends had anything to do with the officer's death.
"I know none of my peoples done it," he said.
A review of court records shows that Ellis arrested more than 350 people in his seven years on the force, but few involved violent crimes.
Ellis made 52 arrests that ended up as felony indictments in Nelson Circuit Court, according to a report in The Courier-Journal of Louisville. There were some convictions for manufacturing methamphetamine that had long prison sentences, but only a few cases involved violent crimes and there were no homicides. Most cases involved traffic citations.
Police say Ellis, a native of Batavia, Ohio, was fatally shot in an ambush on May 25 as he cleared debris from an exit ramp of the Bluegrass Parkway. They say they believe tree limbs were put on the exit ramp to force Ellis to stop.
Ellis was a Glen High School graduate and played minor-league baseball for the Cincinnati Reds before he joined the Bardstown force in 2006.
Chaffins said most of the 40 troopers at the KSP Post in Elizabethtown are working the case along with all eight detectives. In addition, police have been assisted in their investigation by the FBI, Secret Service, Bardstown Police and the Nelson County sheriff's office.
He said detectives are following up on physical evidence, interviewing those who Ellis arrested and watching comments in social media forums.
"In my 19 years of law enforcement, this is the largest investigation I have been involved in," he said. "There is nothing we are not doing, and we will not quit until we identify who did this."