Troopers arrest suspect in Pikeville officer's murder

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell

"This is an ongoing murder investigation being conducted by the Kentucky State Police", he said.

KSP spokesperson Jody Sims' said police had obtained an arrest warrant charging Hall with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, and they also want to question him about the killing of Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton. After talking with the people inside the auto, they separated while canvassing the area.

Hamilton had served with the Pikeville Police Department since 2006. The trooper, who had separated from Hamilton, found Hamilton dead.

The gunman was able to flee the scene, and as of now, a suspect has not been named.

Law enforcement agencies including the Kentucky State Police, the KSP Special Response Team and the Pikeville Police Department were "actively searching for possible suspects" as of Wednesday afternoon.

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On Wednesday, Gov. Matt Bevin took to Twitter to express his condolences.

A second visitation will be Saturday, March 17 at 5 p.m.at the same location. The funeral arrangements are still pending.

"For now, our honest condolences go out to his family, friends, and colleagues at the Pikeville Police Department".

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

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