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

(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.

Area police officers console Bardstown Police officers in the parking lot of the Jefferson County Government Building.
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)
Police officers salute as the body of slain Bardstown Police Department Jason Ellis is brought into the Jefferson County Government Building in Louisville, Kentucky.
Police officers salute as the body of slain Bardstown Police Department Jason Ellis is brought into the Jefferson County Government Building in Louisville, Kentucky.   (AP Photo/The Courier-Journal, David R. Lutman)
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