Kentucky police department that lost officer gets threats

June 12, 2013 at 12:40 AM

BARDSTOWN, Ky., June 12 (UPI) -- The FBI is investigating threatening letters received by a Kentucky police department since an officer was shot and killed in late May, officials say.

Bardstown Police Chief Rick McCubbin told WHAS-TV in Louisville his department has received letters and notes with threats. He said he does not believe the senders are likely to take action but that all threats have to be taken seriously and, in this case, turned over to the FBI.

Bardstown Officer Jason Ellis was found dead May 25. Investigators say he was ambushed as he drove home from work by someone who put tree branches in the road and then shot him when he got out of his cruiser to remove them.

McCubbin told The (Louisville) Courier-Journal he got a letter last Thursday that said "there were more officers that would go down like the first one." He said Kentucky State Police and the FBI did not want to release the exact words.

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