By Associated Press

PIKEVILLE, Ky. — A Kentucky man has pleaded guilty to fatally shooting a police officer as part of a plea deal that recommends he serve life in prison without parole.

WYMT-TV reports John Russell Hall showed little emotion during his court appearance Wednesday in Pikeville and did not apologize when given the chance. He also pleaded guilty to possession of a firearm by a convicted felon.

Hall gunned down Pikeville Police Officer Scotty Hamilton while he patrolled the Hurricane Creek area on March 13 with a state trooper. The two came upon a suspicious vehicle and spoke with its occupants. They separated to search for more possible suspects when shots were fired. The trooper later found Hamilton with a fatal gunshot wound.

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