Officer Jason Ellis was killed after finishing his shift for the Bardstown, Kentucky Police Department during the early morning hours on Saturday, May 25, 2013. While driving home, Officer Ellis encountered debris which had been placed on the exit ramp (exit 34) from the Bluegrass Parkway. As Officer Ellis attempted to remove the debris from the roadway, he was shot and killed. Officer Ellis was discovered by a passing motorist.
Officer Ellis is survived by a wife and two minor sons. He was heavily involved in the community outside of work, including coaching youth baseball. He was a K-9 handler (narcotics dog) for the police department in addition to his patrol duties.