"Cop Killer" would rather police had shot him than return to jail
The convicted felon brandishing a firearm seemed to know that his arrest would send him back to jail. Alvin Hamilton stood in the doorway of his trailer on 800 Woodson Street and told the law enforcement officers facing him with weapons drawn he did not want to go back to jail and for them to shoot and kill him.
For Falmouth Police Officer Bill Giberson, it was not the choice he wanted to make to end the “shots fired” call that he had received.
A little before 10 p.m. on Wednesday, December 12, the city police officer responded to a call.As he investigated the neighborhood to determine what was happening, he was directed to Hamilton’s trailer. He was told of the possibility that shots were fired inside the trailer.
He was able to establish a position that allowed him to see in the window after knocking on the door. According to Giberson, as Hamilton’s wife came to the door, the convicted felon raised a shot gun towards the door where his wife was standing. A police officer would be standing on the other side of that same door.
Realizing the dangerous position that he found himself in, Giberson retreated to a safer position behind a tree and began to issue verbal commands for them to put the weapon down with their hands up. The nightgown-clad female complied and told police that Hamilton’s nickname was “Cop Killer.”
Hamilton had turned the lights off in the trailer, preventing law enforcement from seeing into the residence to ascertain his location and what weapons he might have pointed at them. In the residential area, a person firing a weapon could have deadly consequences.
“Any shots at us from Hamilton could have gone astray and gone into a home,” Giberson pointed out on the situation the officers faced.
With backup arriving in the form of Falmouth police officer Heather Jolley, Butler Chief of Police Kenny Hale and two Kentucky State Troopers Jeremy Moore and Clayton Cooper.
“I personally appreciated KSP and Hale responding. Without them, this could have had a completely different result,” said Giberson.
Hamilton eventually came to the doorway and with one hand on the door jam and the other hand on the door, they could tell he no long was carrying the shot gun. Behind him the trailer was still dark and where location of the shotgun was still unknown.
They allowed them to begin to approach and demand he come out with his hands up.
“He asked to be shot,” said Gilberson. “But Trooper Cooper was able to start a dialogue with him as we got within two feet of him.”
He added that Cooper asked to be able to reach inside the trailer and turn the lights on. As he did that, he was able to get his hands on Hamilton.
Giberson quickly reacted and the two had a hold of the suspect.
Moore had indicated he had his taser ready to deploy and with the two law enforcement officers in a stuggle, he took the shot. One barb stuck in Hamilton but the other hit his large belt buckle.
As the officers continued trying to restrain Hamilton, Moore was able to reset the taser and took a second shot. This one hit home and his fellow officers gain control of the situation.
Hamilton was arrested and housed in the Campbell County Detention Center.
With police finding a Remington 870 shotgun with 6-7 shells in it and a Browning semiautomatic shotgun with 3 shells, the convicted felon was charged with Possession of firearm by convicted felon, Wanton endangerment in first degree, and resisting arrest.
According to the police report, Hamilton and his wife were in a disagreement. He went to bed and that made him mad. He took his shotgun outside and fired it off outside the bedroom window to wake her up. That action led to the “shots fired” call to the area.
“They handled the situation very professionally and it was the best outcome we could have had,” said Falmouth Chief of Police about how his officers handled the situation.
He was thankful of the response from Kentucky State Police and Butler Chief of Police Kenny Hale.
"It’s a good feeling to have back up in these situations. It allows them to be handled without serious consequences,” he added.