Published: Thu, March 15, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Pikeville, Ky. police officer shot and killed

Pikeville, Ky. police officer shot and killed

A Kentucky police officer has been fatally shot while on duty. Carter said Hamilton was a 12-year veteran with the Pikeville Police Department.

Owner Paul Patula says as his restaurant is a personal franchise, he feels it is important to broadcast their support for law enforcement in every way possible, including social media. After speaking to the people in the vehicle, the officers decided to make a quick search around the area and a nearby residence to check for any questionable subjects on foot.

Gunshots were fired a short time later near the home.

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After hearing at least three gunshots, Martin found Hamilton near the residence with a fatal gunshot wound to the head, police said.

Hamilton was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner's Office. Police say they arrested four people on unrelated charges at the scene of the shooting.

The City of Pikeville went into an immediate state of mourning for Officer Hamilton.

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Officer Hamilton leaves behind a wife and young child.

The flags outside the Pikeville Police Department and the Pikeville Fire Department were put at half-staff Wednesday in honor of him.

A fire truck hoisted an American flag as police cars filed underneath during the procession. "Please pray for the community of Pikeville, the local and state police officers involved and the family of the officer who was killed..." he tweeted.

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Police were still looking for the shooter late Wednesday afternoon.

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