Police Dog Pays Respects to Slain Officer

June 3, 2013 Updated: July 18, 2015

A photo posted on Reddit shows a police dog essentially paying its respects to its fallen human partner.

Jason Ellis, a K-9 officer with the Bardstown Police Department in Kentucky, was shot and killed last weekend when he stopped to remove debris, according to reports.

Ellis was laid to rest during a funeral on Thursday.

The Reddit photo shows Figo, the K-9 dog, paying its respects at the funeral, reported NBC News.

“Actually, dogs can actually smell when someone or something is dead and it gives them closure. Not sure if he can tell it’s him through the coffin but he should. That’s why it’s suggested to, if you have two dogs and one dies, let the other dog sniff the deceased dog so it would give them closure,” reads one comment on Reddit.

The Courier-Journal reported that a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person or persons who shot Ellis went up to $125,000 on Monday.

Ellis was ambushed when he was on his way home from work at around 2 a.m. Investigators suspect that the assailant planted debris to block the way, which led to the fatal shooting.

When Ellis got out to remove the debris, he was shot several times with a shotgun.

However, it is still unclear if the assailant was trying to kill Ellis or someone else.

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