Kentucky Cop Killed in 'Premeditated' Ambush
Attacker opened fire after blocking road with debris
By Rob Quinn, Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 12:34 AM CDT
Updated May 27, 2013 4:46 AM CDT
Area police officers console Bardstown Police officers in the parking lot of the Jefferson County Government Building.   (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, David R. Lutman)

(Newser) – A police officer in central Kentucky was murdered by an attacker or attackers who apparently placed debris by a highway exit ramp and opened fire when the officer left his car to remove it. Jason Ellis, a 33-year-old K-9 officer, was shot multiple times with a shotgun around 2am Saturday in an attack that happened so quickly he never had a chance to pull his gun, the Louisville Courier-Journal reports.

Investigators say the attack was clearly premeditated, though it's not clear whether Ellis, who was on his way home from work, was the intended target. "Someone planned this, and someone planned to shoot someone at that spot and at that time," a police spokesman says. Ellis, a seven-year veteran of the Bardstown Police Department, is the first police officer killed in the line of duty in the small town's history, Reuters reports. He is survived by his wife and two sons.

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May 27, 2013 8:07 PM CDT
Rest in Peace, Officer Ellis. And, We Thank You for Your Service .
May 27, 2013 5:34 PM CDT
Except for the details given, I've no idea re this incident. What is clear, is that the police are so out of control in the US they are more akin to uniformed gangs than public servants. 'Protect and Serve' has become, we can and will do whatever we want to you, unless you're rich. They've decided their job is to function as private security for the criminals commiting fraud, extortion, price fixing, bid rigging, grand larceny, tax evasion, etc., in corporate suites, banks, and on Wall Street. For everyone else, it's tasers, pepper spray, mace, batons, K-9s, and handcuffs. Welcome to the Gulag.
May 27, 2013 12:01 PM CDT
This is so sad that it almost makes me forget how often cops "ambush" unarmed civilians and get away with it.... Almost.