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February 08, 2019

Sad news. Pikeville officer Scotty Hamilton shot dead in the line of duty

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An officer, a veteran of 12 years, was shot dead in the line of duty.

Crimeola reported that Pikeville Police Department lost one of its Officers, Scotty Hamilton, on March 13, 2018.

The Police Department is now on the lookout for those responsible for killing a Pikeville officer in the line of duty.

On the night of March 13, Officer Scotty Hamilton was in the line of duty when he was shot and killed. He was a part of the Pikeville Police Department since 2006.

Hamilton was assisting the Kentucky State Police in their investigation of a crime in the Hurricane Creek area of Pike County at the time of the murder.

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Pikeville’s Mayor, Jimmy Carter, has asked people to pray for the Officer’s family.

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According to Hamilton’s Facebook profile, he graduated from Big Sandy Community and Technical College and attended Shelby Valley High School. He is married to Chelsi Lawson Hamilton and the two have a daughter.

Kentucky State Police will be investigating the murder. They have requested citizens to come forward if they have any information about the case.

According to WSAZ3, five people were arrested in connection with the case. John Russell Hall, 55, was charged with the murder of the officer and possession of a handgun. 

He was captured two days after the crime in the Betsy Layne area and his court hearing is set for March 22. 

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On March 16, two more people were arrested by the Kentucky State Police. Greg Slone and Michael Slone were charged with Hindering Prosecution or Apprehension in the first degree. Amanda S. Dotson and Jeanne Blackburn were also arrested on the same charge.

Hall, who was charged with murder, was arraigned on March 16. He was originally wanted for questioning but during the long process, police were able to pursue more leads that led them to the murder charge. 

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