DEVELOPING: Kentucky Officer Murdered, Drones Launched To Find Suspect

A Pikeville police officer was murdered on Tuesday night.

Pikeville, KY – Kentucky State Police (KSP) are searching for a suspect in connection with the murder of a Pikeville Police Department (PPD) officer who was killed in the line of duty on Tuesday night.

The incident took place at approximately 11:30 p.m., when PPD Officer Scotty Hamilton was fatally shot while he responded to a call with the state police in the Hurricane community, WSAZ reported.

One person was taken into custody, and KSP troopers deployed drones to search for a second suspect.

The identities of the suspects have not been released.

Officer Hamilton, a 12-year veteran on the PPD, leaves behind a wife and a young child.

The KSP was leading the ongoing investigation, Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter told the Lexington Herald Leader.

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This broke my heart as I looked at the photo of Officer Hamilton holding his baby! Our nation is so filled with hate. All of us need to do all we can to change that now. RIP, Officer Hamilton! Many prayers for your family & friends, blood & blue!


Rest in peace, Officer Hamilton. Praying for peace and comfort for the grieving family and grieving police department.



Prayers are certainly with his wife and precious Babygirl.And the rest of his family as well.Rest in peace Officer your work here is done.Pray they find the scumbag and justice be served.We stand for our Blue.All lives matter.May God bless this family.