New campaign seeks leads in unsolved law enforcement officer deaths

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RICHMOND, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- As part of National Police Week, the FBI wants to pay tribute to law enforcement officers and agents who were killed or injured in the line of duty.

According to a release, the FBI is launching a nationwide media campaign this year to reinforce its determination to find people who have committed violent acts targeting law enforcement officers.

This campaign will bring attention to identified fugitives and unknown assailants in an attempt to bring justice to the families of the fallen.

One of the fallen being highlighted is a Virginia State Police trooper who was killed in 1984 and whose case has never been solved.

Trooper Johnny Rush Bowman was stabbed 45 times during the early morning hours of Aug. 19, 1984 while off-duty at his home near Patterson Place in Manassas.

Officials believe he struggled with his assailant and the altercation awakened his then two-year-old daughter who was in the home.

Bowman died of his injuries, and no suspect has been identified.

Another case that is being highlighted is the 2013 death of Bardstown, Kentucky Police Department Officer Jason Ellis.

He had just finished a shift during the early morning hours of May 25, 2013 and was on his way home when he found debris that had been put in the road on an exit ramp from the Bluegrass Parkway.

As he was trying to get the debris out of the road, he was shot and killed. A passing motorist later found him.

No suspect has been identified in this case.

The FBI says there are rewards of up to $50,000 offered in each of these cases.

Information can be called into the Richmond Division of the FBI at (804) 261-1044 or by clicking on the link in the Related Links box.



 
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