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Man charged with fatal shooting of Kentucky police officer

PIKEVILLE, Ky. – Police have charged a man in the fatal shooting of a Kentucky police officer.

Kentucky State Police spokesman Jody Sims says the 55-year-old John Russell Hall, of Pikeville was charged Thursday with the murder of a police officer and possession of a gun by a convicted felon after he was taken into custody that morning.

Hall is charged with the killing of Pikeville police officer Scotty Hamilton. The agent was shot Tuesday night during the patrolling of the Hurricane Creek area with a state trooper.

The police said they came upon a suspicious vehicle, spoke with the residents and then began recruiting the area for other possible suspects when gunfire broke out. The trooper later found the officer with a fatal gunshot wound.

News outlets report that Hamilton had been with the police for 12 years and is survived by his wife and daughter.

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