Kentucky police officer shot dead while driving home from work

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BARDSTOWN, KY. — The Kentucky State Police investigated the shooting death of a Bardstown Police Officer Saturday. Bardstown is approximately 40 miles south of Louisville, KY.

According to a press release from the Kentucky State Police, troopers received a call of a fatal crash involving the Bardstown officer around 2:50 a.m.

The first arriving unit discovered the officer on an exit ramp from the Bluegrass Parkway to Kentucky highway 55, east of Bardstown.

He quickly discovered the officer was not involved in a motor vehicle crash, but that he had been shot and killed.

According to KSP, the trooper was in his uniform, and his police cruiser on his way home from work.

Fox affiliate WDRB reported the officer, identified as Jason Ellis, 33, is the first Bardstown officer to be killed in the line of duty.

Ellis leaves behind a wife and two young boys under the age of 10. WDRB reported Ellis coached youth sports in the area.

Officials don’t have anyone in custody, and have no information on the shooter’s vehicle. They also say there were no witnesses to the shooting.

Photo courtesy Bardstown Police Department