Here’s an update to a story from earlier today out of Pike Co. KSP in Pikeville said an officer with Pikeville Police Department was shot to death late Tuesday evening in Pike Co. Officer Scotty Hamilton and KSP Trooper Matt Martin were conducting a criminal patrol on Hurricane Creek in Pike Co., when the Officers encountered a suspicious vehicle in the area. Both Hamilton and Martin spoke with the occupants of a vehicle and assessed the area around a nearby residence for possible subjects on foot. While canvasing the area Officer Hamilton and Trooper Martin were separated. Gunshots were fired a short time later within close proximity to the residence. Trooper Martin located Officer Hamilton who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound. Officer Scotty Hamilton was pronounced deceased at the scene by the Pike Co Coroner’s Office. Hamilton was a member of the Pikeville Police Dept. since 2006. He is survived by a wife and one child.
KSP spokesman William Petry said Police arrested 4 people who were at the scene on charges unrelated to the shooting and that police are searching for the alleged shooter. Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 9, KSP Special Response Team, and Pikeville P.D. have been actively searching for possible suspects. Detective Randy Combs with KSP’s Critical Incident Response Team is leading this investigation, along with detectives with KSP Post 9. Anyone with information about the shooting should contact the Pikeville Police Department at (606) 437-5111 or the Kentucky State Police Post 9 at (606) 433-7711. Additional details will follow when available.