Pikeville, Kentucky Police Officer Killed In Line Of Duty, Suspect At Large

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

According to officials, Hamilton was a part of the Pikeville Police Department since 2006.

Ky., delivered a remark on the Senate floor in Washington, D.C. Wednesday on fallen Pikeville officer Scotty Hamilton.

Kentucky State Police have a fifth man in custody in connection with the killing of a police officer this week.

Police said they came upon a suspicious vehicle, spoke with its occupants, and then began canvassing the area for other possible suspects when gunfire erupted.

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While canvasing the area Officer Hamilton and Trooper Martin were separated. The trooper later found the officer with a fatal gunshot wound.

A manhunt ensued to find the suspect, with officers using drones in Pike County and helicopters in Floyd County to help search. Along with the detectives with KSP Post 9, Detective Randy Combs with KSP's Critical Incident Response Team is leading the investigation. Pikeville's Mayor Jimmy Carter has asked people to pray for Hamilton's family. His wife is Chelsi Lawson Hamilton and they have a daughter. A candlelight vigil to honor Hamilton and his service to the community will be held at 8 p.m. on Thursday at Billy Johnson Stage at the East Kentucky Exposition Center.

Pikeville Mayor James A. Carter somberly announced the news outside the police department.

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