The suspect in the murder of Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton has been Arrested! According to the Kentucky State Police, Troopers arrested John Russell Hall around 11:00 AM in the Stoney Brook area of Pike/Floyd Hollow located in the Betsy Layne community of Floyd County. Officer Scotty Hamilton was sht to death late Tuesday evening. He along with 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.
We will have additional information on Hall’s arrest, once it’s made available.