Kentucky State Police search for suspect in Pikeville Police officer's killing

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Kentucky State Police have a fifth man in custody in connection with the killing of a police officer this week.

That's when Martin heard a gunshot and returned to find Hamilton with a fatal gunshot wound, police said.

Hamilton was shot and killed while assisting Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Martin investigate a suspicious vehicle at 11:30 p.m. Tuesday, police said.

Officer Scotty Hamilton was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Pike County Coroner's Office.

Pikeville Officer Scotty Hamilton was shot and killed Tuesday night.

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Sinms said police arrested four people at the scene on charges unrelated to the shooting, and that police are searching for the alleged shooter. "Officer Hamilton leaves behind a wife, a young daughter, and a community that is safer for his service".

"They had a presence in the area due to past known incidences of drug trafficking", Officer Jody Sims told reporters during a news conference.

The City of Pikeville went into an immediate state of mourning for Officer Hamilton.

Police were still looking for the shooter late Wednesday afternoon. Pikeville's Mayor Jimmy Carter has asked people to pray for Hamilton's family. Two visitations will be held at the East Kentucky Expo Center at 5 p.m. Friday and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday.

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