Update: Funeral arrangements have been set for Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton, who was shot and killed the evening of Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Two visitations will be held Friday, March 16 at 5pm and Saturday, March 17, 2018 from noon to 9pm at the East Kentucky Expo Center. The funeral service is scheduled for Sunday, March 18, 2018 at 1pm at the East Kentucky Expo Center. Hamilton will be buried at the Pikeville City Cemetery. Arrangements are being handled by the JW Call and Son Funeral Home. Memorial contributions can be made the Brynlee Hamilton Scholarship Fund, c/o Community Trust Bank, P.O. Box 2947, Pikeville, Kentucky 41502.
Update: An officer with the Pikeville Police Department was shot to death the evening of Tuesday, March 13, 2018 of Tuesday, March 13, 2018 in Pike County. Officer Scotty Hamilton and Trooper Matt Martin were conducting a criminal patrol on Hurricane Creek when they encountered a suspicious vehicle in the area. Officers spoke with the occupants of a vehicle and assessed the area around a nearby residence for possible subjects on foot. While canvassing 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 County Coroner’s Office. The perpetrator was not located at the scene. Troopers with Kentucky State Police Post 9, the KSP Special Response Team, and Pikeville Police have been actively searching for possible suspects. Detective Randy Combs with KSP’s Critical Incident Response Team is leading the investigation along with detectives with KSP Post 9.
Original: A Pikeville Police Officer was killed on Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Officer Scotty Hamilton was responding to a call in the Hurricane Creek area of Pike County around 11:30pm when he was involved in a shooting. Hamilton was a 12-year veteran of the Pikeville Police Department. We will update this story when more information becomes available.