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A year later, Kentucky lawman's murder still unsolved, a rarity law enforcement community

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FILE - In this Thursday, May 30, 2013, photo, United States flags line the route of the funeral procession of Bardstown, Ky. Officer Jason Ellis during his funeral service The shocking murder of the ex-minor league baseball player and father of two young boys still haunts Ellis’ colleagues and the town of about 12,000 in Kentucky’s bourbon country. In the ensuing months, tips poured in, police dangled about $200,000 in reward money and billboards publicized the case. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley, File) (The Associated Press)

It's been a year since a Kentucky police officer was gunned down in what authorities say was an ambush by someone who planted tree limbs in the road so a car would stop.

The unsolved slaying of an officer is a rarity in the U.S. According to the FBI, only eight officer killings have gone unsolved in the United States between 1996 and 2012, the latest year the bureau has statistics for.

Officer Jason Ellis was heading home from a late-night shift with Bardstown Police Department, about 40 miles southeast of Louisville. He was shot multiple times with a shotgun. Police have released few details about the killing. Authorities are offering nearly $200,000 for any information about the slaying. So far, there have been no major breaks in the case.

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