Hundreds Gather In Bardstown To Mourn Slain Officer

May 30, 2013

BARDSTOWN, Ky. — American flags lined the main road, uniformed officers stood at attention and traffic backed up for miles Thursday as a bereaved community gathered for the funeral of a slain police officer.

Officer Jason Ellis
Officer Jason Ellis

Officer Jason Ellis was fatally shot Saturday on the Blue Grass Parkway when he stopped to pick up some debris.

Authorities are conducting a nonstop investigation of Ellis' slaying.

An honor guard that included 10 uniformed police officers and fire-rescue personnel stood outside the entrance to the church, snapping to attention as Ellis' family entered.

Ellis’ death has spurred an outpouring of grief in the town of about 12,000, about 40 miles southeast of Louisville. Police officers from Pennsylvania, Ohio and surrounding communities were in attendance.

Meanwhile, a reward fund in the case has surpassed $100,000, including a $50,000 donation from Louisville businessman Gus Goldsmith.