Hundreds of people lined the streets of Bardstown and packed into a church for the emotional funeral of a police officer fatally shot on a highway exit ramp.
The coffin of 33-year-old Jason Ellis was draped in an American flag Thursday for the 1 ½-hour service. At least a half-dozen speakers took to the podium at Parkway Baptist Church.
The crowd included Ellis' wife and two young sons as well as police officers from across Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio.
Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin told mourners that Ellis was a fun-loving jokester who dressed as an elf at a town Christmas party, and he was proud of his work taking drugs off the streets with his K-9 partner.
Ellis was shot to death early Saturday morning on his way home from work. Police say he got out of his cruiser to remove debris from the roadway when he was killed. An investigation is ongoing and there's a $100,000 reward for information.