Dive team searches pond near site where officer was killed

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Divers from Louisville Metro Police searched a pond Thursday near the spot on the Blue Grass Parkway where Bardstown Police Officer Jason Ellis was shot and killed last month.

Just before 1:30 p.m., police officers following up on a lead used K9 units to search property in the area and the dogs led them to a pond, said Master Sgt. Norman Chaffins, a spokesman for Kentucky State Police Post 4.

The Louisville Metro Dive Team offered to search the pond for evidence.

The pond is on the property of Glasscock Log and Lumber, the owner confirmed. Chaffins said the pond was about 200 yards from the shooting scene.

“We’re looking for anything related to the murder of Officer Ellis,” Chaffins said.

Ellis was killed between 2 and 3 a.m. by gunshots on the Exit 34 ramp near Bloomfield.

Officers have consistently searched the area where the killing occurred, and have received the property owners’ cooperation to search the area with the dogs.

“It’s a lead we were able to develop in our investigation,” and follow up on, he saiid.

Story by Randy Parick of Landmark Coomunity Newspapers. Kristie Hamon also contributed to this report.