Ky. officer fatally shot during investigation
Police said the perpetrator was not located and authorities are actively searching for possible suspects
Duty Death: Scotty Hamilton - [Pikeville, Kentucky]
End of Service: 03/13/2018
PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky police officer has been fatally shot while on duty and state police are handling it as a murder investigation.
Kentucky State Police said in a statement that Pikeville Officer Scotty Hamilton was killed Tuesday night as troopers were assisting Pikeville police on an investigation. Police said Hamilton and Trooper Matt Martin were patrolling Hurricane Creek when they came upon a suspicious vehicle.
The statement says officers spoke with occupants of the vehicle and then began canvassing the area around a nearby residence for possible suspects. Authorities say gunshots were fired a short time later near the residence, and Martin, who had become separated from Hamilton, found the officer with a fatal gunshot wound.
Police said the perpetrator was not located and police are actively searching for possible suspects.
Media are reporting that Hamilton was a 12-year veteran with the Pikeville Police Department.
Officials with Pikeville Police say Scotty Hamilton and Kentucky State Police responded to a crime in the Hurricane Creek community where Hamilton was shot and killed. KSP is continuing the investigation. pic.twitter.com/TPBstuicwF— Cory McCauley (@CoryWYMT) March 14, 2018
The flag outside the Pikeville Police department is at half staff in honor of Officer Scotty Hamilton who was shot and killed in the line of duty Tuesday night. A heartbreaking loss for the community and for his fellow officers and his family. pic.twitter.com/5QMGI71dAu— Cory McCauley (@CoryWYMT) March 14, 2018
I am at the Pikeville Police station waiting for more details about an officer involved shooting. Officials say one Pikeville Police officer was shot and killed late Tuesday evening. I’ll have more details coming: pic.twitter.com/Ql5L18wnNP— Cory McCauley (@CoryWYMT) March 14, 2018
Kentucky State Police say troopers and other law enforcement are on the scene of the officer involved shooting on Hurricane Creek Road. They say one person is in custody and police are using drones searching for a second person involved in the shooting. pic.twitter.com/bO7cXAUiWs— Cory McCauley (@CoryWYMT) March 14, 2018