Widow Recalls Morning Of Officer Jason Ellis’ Death

Posted at 2:43 PM, May 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-05-25 14:43:17-04

NELSON COUNTY, Ky (LEX 18) – A knock on the door at 2 a.m. in the morning, five years ago today, forever changed the lives of everyone who knew Officer Jason Ellis.

"I was confused and wondered why my husband was knocking, instead of walking in and kissing me on the cheek like he always did," Amy Ellis said.

She said that she soon realized what was going on when it wasn’t her husband, Jason, at the door.

"My confusion quickly turned to tears when I realized it was not my husband, but the chaplain and a fellow officer, and I immediately noticed the tears streaming down their faces," she said.

This morning at Highview Cemetery in Nelson County, dozens of officers stood solemnly, remembering their brother, who was taken from them. 

"My body went numb as my mind was unable to process the news that my worst nightmare had come true," said Amy Ellis. "My world stood still, how could this happen?"

Five years later, the case still remains unsolved. 

"Was anyone there with him when he took his last breath or did he die alone, suffering?" Amy says she wants to know. 

Investigators believe that debris was intentionally placed in the road to force Officer Jason Ellis to get out of his cruiser. He was then ambushed. 

A reward worth more than $200,000 is still in place for anyone who helps find his killer.