KSP: Search continues for suspect in Pikeville officer's murder

Officer Scotty Hamilton

Officer Scotty Hamilton

"Scotty has been a proud officer of this police department since 2006", Pikeville Mayor Jimmy Carter told reporters Wednesday.

Troopers say Scotty Hamilton and Trooper Matt Martin were patroling around Hurricane Creek when they spotted a suspicious vehicle in the area. After speaking to the people in the vehicle, the officers chose to make a quick search around the area and a nearby residence to check for any questionable subjects on foot. The trooper, who had separated from Hamilton, found Hamilton dead.

Gunshots were fired a short time later within close proximity to the residence. Trooper Martin was able to locate Officer Hamilton, who had sustained a fatal gunshot wound.

The perpetrator was not located at the scene.

John Russell Hall 56 is wanted in connection with the shooting
John Russell Hall 56 is wanted in connection with the shooting

Detective Randy Combs with KSP's Critical Incident Response Team is leading this investigation, along with detectives with KSP Post 9.

ORIGINAL STORY: 3/14/18 @ 3:30 a.m.

WCHS-TV cites news partner EKB-TV to report that Pikeville Officer Scotty Hamilton was killed Tuesday night as troopers were assisting Pikeville police on an investigation. His wife is Chelsi Lawson Hamilton and they have a daughter.