Suspect in slaying of Kentucky police officer still on the run

Suspect in slaying of Kentucky police officer still on the run

"For now, our honest condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues at the Pikeville Police Department".

An eastern Kentucky town is reeling after one of its police officers was murdered in the line of duty Tuesday night.

According to Kentucky State Police, Officer Scotty Hamilton and Trooper Matt Martin were conducting a criminal patrol on Hurricane Creek when they encountered a suspicious vehicle in the area. 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. Shortly after Martin heard a series of gunshots fired in close proximity and searched for Hamilton, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

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Police officers, firefighters and others saluted as a flag-draped casket carrying Hamilton's body was brought into the funeral home.

"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. "Please keep his family in your prayers". Two visitations will be held at the East Kentucky Expo Center at 5 p.m. Friday and from noon to 9 p.m. Saturday. If anybody has any information, they have been asked to get in touch with the Kentucky State Police Post #9 at 606-433-7711.

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