Police arrest man wanted in connection with killing of KY officer

Officer Scotty Hamilton in an archived interview with WYMT                        WYMT

Pikeville Officer Scotty Hamilton and Kentucky State Trooper Matt Martin were conducting a criminal patrol near Hurricane Creek Tuesday night when they encountered a suspicious vehicle, according to a statement released by the Kentucky State Police. Sadly, the Pike County Coroner's Office pronounced Officer Hamilton dead at the scene.

Currently, the Pikeville officials are on the lookout for a person who shot and killed a Pikeville officer in the line of duty.

"It's a different reaction when it's so much closer to home", Sims said.

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

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"They had a presence in the area due to past known incidences of drug trafficking", Officer Jody Sims told reporters during a news conference. Burial will be at the Pikeville City Cemetery.

Hundreds of people lined the streets of downtown Pikeville Wednesday to pay their respects as his body was moved. Hamilton's casket was draped with an American flag and led down Hambley Boulevard in a processional ceremony Wednesday.

Law enforcement agencies in Frankfort, Ashland, Carrollton and Johnson County were among those posting Facebook condolence messages to the Pikeville Police Department and Hamilton's family. They have been using critical response teams in that search, including a helicopter.

The viewing for Hamilton is Friday and Saturday at the East Kentucky Expo Center in Pikeville.

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