More details released on murder of Pikeville officer

Police believe John Russell Hall shot Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilt

Police believe John Russell Hall shot Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilt

Reportedly, Kentucky State Police will be investigating the murder.

Kentucky State Police are searching for a man wanted in the killing of a Pikeville, Kentucky Police Officer. After speaking to the people in the vehicle, the officers decided to make a quick search around the area and a nearby residence to check for any questionable subjects on foot. Trooper Martin found Officer Hamilton, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

The body of Pikeville police officer Scotty Hamilton was returned to the town Wednesday afternoon after he was shot and killed responding to a call late Tuesday night.

EKB News reports here that police say they have made no arrests in the case.

The gunman managed to flee the scene, and authorities have not yet named a suspect. The 35-year-old is survived by his wife of five years, a 9-month-old daughter, his parents and a brother, who also serves in law enforcement.

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On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin took to Twitter to express his condolences.

Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter read a statement to news stations in Pikeville Wednesday morning confirming Hamilton's death, almost breaking down in tears, according to EKB-TV.

He asked anyone with information about Tuesday's shooting to contact the Pikeville Police Department at 606-437-5111 or the Kentucky State Police in Pikeville at 606-433-7711.

"Scotty has been a proud officer of this police department since 2006", Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter told reporters Wednesday.

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