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Mar 14, 7:08 AM EDT

Kentucky police officer fatally shot during investigation

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PIKEVILLE, Ky. (AP) -- A Kentucky police officer has been fatally shot while on duty.

WCHS-TV cites news partner EKB-TV to report Pikeville police Officer Scotty Hamilton was investigating with a state trooper near a creek in Pike County when he was shot Tuesday night.

The outlet reports Hamilton joined the department in 2006.

A Pikeville Public Safety Commissioner news release says state police are handling the shooting as a murder investigation.

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