A reward of $6,000 is being offered for information that leads to the arrest of a suspect who killed a Kentucky police officer on Saturday, in what authorities are calling a premeditated ambush.
It’s not clear if 33-year-old Bardstown police officer Jason Ellis was the intended target, or if he just happened to be in the wrong place at the wrong time. But according to CBS News affiliate WKYT-TV, he came across some debris in the middle of a highway exit ramp early Saturday morning just after 2 a.m. and stopped to examine it more closely.
That’s when someone approached the officer and shot him multiple times with a shotgun, not even giving the seven year veteran cop a chance to reach for his firearm — which suggests that Ellis was killed before he even knew he was under attack.
A call went in to the state police at 2:53 a.m., according to The Courrier-Journal. They responded to the scene 23 minutes later, finding Ellis’s body and vehicle still in the road.
“Someone planned this,” a state police spokesperson said at a Sunday press conference. “And someone planned to shoot someone at that spot and at that time.”
Officers added that they have no strong leads or suspects at this time.
This video is from CBS News, aired Monday, May 27, 2013.
[Image via the Bardstown Police Department]