Pikeville Man who Shot Police Officer Charged with Murder

John Russell Hall

John Russell Hall, aged 55, of Pikeville, has been arrested and charged with killing a police officer by Kentucky police earlier this week.

Officer Scotty Hamilton of the Pikeville Police Department was shot and murdered in the line of duty late Tuesday night in Pike County, Kentucky. An arrest warrant for Hall was later acquired by Investigators.

As stated by officials, Hall was arrested without incident by the Kentucky State Police arrested around 11 a.m. ET in the Stoney Brook region in the Betsy Layne community of Floyd County.

Hall was charged with murder and possession of a handgun by a convicted felon on Thursday evening. The Kentucky State Police stated that Hall has been taken to the Pike County Detention Center. He has not yet entered a plea.

When Hall was still sought for, police gave a warning that he should be considered “armed and dangerous.”

According to police, Tuesday night, Hamilton and Kentucky State Police Trooper Matt Martin were patrolling the Hurricane Creek area in Pike County when they saw a suspicious vehicle. The officers spoke with the people in the vehicle and after that evaluated the region around a nearby residence for other feasible subjects.

Hamilton and Martin went different ways while canvassing the region. Not long after, Martin heard gunshots and found Hamilton dead with bullet wounds. According to police, Hamilton who was 35 was pronounced dead at the scene by the Pike County Coroner’s Office.

Pikeville, Kentucky Police Officer Scotty Hamilton

According to Pikeville’s 911 public safety director Paul Maynard, Hamilton was a 12-year veteran of the Pikeville Police Department. He is survived by a wife and a 9-month-old daughter.



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