Suspect in killing of Ky. police officer still on the loose

Suspect in killing of Ky. police officer still on the loose

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

Officer Scotty Hamilton lost his life in a shooting late Tuesday night while on a criminal investigation with Kentucky State Police in the Hurricane Creek area.

Gunshots were fired a short time later near the home. Trooper Martin was able to locate Officer Hamilton, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. "Officer Hamilton was pronounced dead at the scene", according to a statement by the group.

According to KSP, Hamilton was investigating a stolen vehicle at home.

ORIGINAL STORY: 3/14/18 @ 3:30 a.m.

CBS affiliate WYMT reports that Pikeville Officer Scotty Hamilton was killed Tuesday night as troopers were assisting Pikeville police on an investigation. If anybody has any information, they have been asked to get in touch with the Kentucky State Police Post #9 at 606-433-7711.

"It's not an easy thing to sit here and do, especially seeing that procession", Kentucky State Police Public Affairs Officer Jody Sims said during a news conference Wednesday afternoon staffed by WSAZ-TV.

Officer Hamilton leaves behind a wife and young child.

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