Police said they came upon a suspicious vehicle, spoke with its occupants, and then began canvassing the area for other possible suspects when gunfire erupted. After talking with the people inside the auto, they separated while canvassing the area.
The $10 shirt features a Pikeville Police Department crest on the front and has "In loving memory of Scotty Hamilton" written on the back. Authorities say gunshots were fired a short time later near the residence, and Martin, who had become separated from Hamilton, found the officer with a fatal gunshot wound.
Hamilton was pronounced dead at the scene.
The perpetrator was not located at the scene.
Two days after an eastern Kentucky police officer was killed on the job, some state lawmakers have voted to greatly increase benefits for his widow.
Detective Randy Combs with KSP's Critical Incident Response Team is leading this investigation, along with detectives with KSP Post 9.
A police officer has died after being shot in the line of duty.
Hamilton had been an officer since 2006.
The 35-year-old officer was killed March 13 while patrolling the Hurricane Creek area with a state trooper.
Pikeville Mayor James A. Carter somberly announced the news outside the police department. All profits will be donated to Officer Hamilton's wife and infant daughter.