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Kentucky police officer fatally shot during investigation

Police officer Scotty Hamilton was shot Tuesday while assisting with a homicide investigation, police said

(Pikeville Police)

A police officer in eastern Kentucky, was fatally shot late Tuesday in the execution of a murder investigation, WDRB 41 reported.

Scotty Hamilton was a 12-year veteran of the Pikeville Police Department. He was shot and killed during the work, police said in a press release.

Hamilton is survived by his wife and daughter.

Hamilton was reportedly assisting the police during a crime investigation in the Hurricane Creek area of Pike County when the shooting took place.

Kentucky State Police is conducting a homicide investigation. No further details are released.

Since the start of 2018, at least 21 law enforcement officers in the US have died during the service – with 15 of the deaths caused by gunfire.

Approximately 135 police died in 2016, making it the deadliest year for the police in at least five years, Fox News has determined. Even though there are fewer deaths in 2017, the numbers were not much better: A total of 129 officers died last year. And 46 of the deaths were caused by gunfire.

Poilice are asking anyone with information to contact Kentucky State Police at (606) 433-7711, or the Pikeville Police Department at (606) 437-5111.

“Please keep his family in your prayers,” the Pikeville Police Department said.

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