Police Investigate Pike County Murder

By: Angela Sparkman Email
By: Angela Sparkman Email

A murder investigation is underway after a man is found dead outside an Eastern Kentucky flea market.

It all started Monday morning when a man was found gunned down on U.S. 119 in Pike County. Now police want to know who pulled the trigger.

Police are questioning a man witness’s say drove away from the scene right after the shooting, but so far no arrests. The victim is Philip Hickman and his friends at the scene told say they don't know why someone would kill him.

Police say no one saw exactly what happened to 39 year old Philip Hickman outside the fireworks stand on U.S. 119, but his friends say they saw him drive up next to the tent. Moments later, they heard noises.

"Sounded like a snap pop going off or something. They thought somebody shot a little snap pop you know, and it was, I guess, a gunshot," said Charles Myers.

Myers says someone went outside to see what was going on and found Hickman shot laying on the ground by his car. He died at the scene.

"It's a scary thing," Myers said.

Other witnesses told police they saw a green pick-up truck with tinted windows drive away. Police say the driver turned himself in, hours later.

"We don't know at this point if the subject will be a suspect or a person of interest. We wish to talk to the subject operating that vehicle," said Scott Hopkins with the Kentucky State Police.

Hickman's friends at the flea market say he frequently stopped by to say hello, and they believe that's what he was doing this time. They say he never caused any trouble, and they don't know why anyone would want to hurt him.

"The fellow there is a good fellow, a fine fellow, you know what I mean. I don't see why anybody would want to shoot him," Myers said.

Police are looking for answers.

"At this time, it's too early to tell as to what occurred here at this incident or what the motive was," Hopkins said.

Family and friends are mourning Hickman's sudden death and say the community lost a good person. His friends hope to find out why this happened and they say they want see whoever shot him, behind bars.

Friends told me Hickman leaves behind a wife and children. Again, police are questioning the man who drove away, but no charges have been filed.


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  • by Proud of Ky. Location: McVeigh on Jul 5, 2008 at 05:13 PM
    It makes me wince to see what some people post on the story about this terribly unfortunate turn of events. First thing the media did was attach "MURDER" to what happened. One would think the media would refrain from stimulating already angry family members. That one word (murder) being used, is indicative of the instigating bully of a childhood playground, although this is far from being a matter of children. While we read the inflated stories by the media, we are exposed to the uneducated fools who obviously have no idea how ignorant they appear to be when posting their "Monday morning quarterback" opinions. It seems these people would have at least ONE person in the household who can proofread before sending these stupid remarks.
  • by Anonymous Location: pike county ky on Jul 2, 2008 at 07:16 PM
    it wasn't a drug deal gone bad. just because something bad happens doesn't mean that drugs were involed. not everyone in pike county are crack heads.
  • by a friend of the man in green truck Location: any where on Jul 2, 2008 at 12:58 PM
    people need to stop talking about what they think happened. was u there! no i dont think so.there are so many other green trucks with tinted windows why is everyone so fixed on the man in that green truck, and all i would like to add the one with out sin cast the first stone! so there!
  • by Bewildered Location: Pikeville on Jul 2, 2008 at 08:00 AM
    If you were being "choked" to death in broad daylight, on the side of a busy highway with obviously other people around..why would you have to use deadly force instead of trying to get attention for help????Was the decendent armed? and grabbing someone by the back of the head doesn't seem feasible if you were in fact choking them..both hands around the neck would be "choking"..I hope this investiation results in some type of punishment, I for one don't feel safe with the information that has been reported to so far, this will only lead to more "self-defense" claims every time a drug deal goes bad..wake up Pike County..
  • by knows man in question Location: pike county ky on Jul 1, 2008 at 10:10 PM
    To Kaadee you're an idoit. Ky does not need to use the death penalty on ths man. If u knew ANYTHING about what happen you would know that this man was defending himself. So if you were being choked to death you would just sit there and die? or would you try to defend yourself? most people would try to save theirself. anyway this is a horrible thing that has happened. we need to keep both families in your prayers. And stop believing what you hear, learn the facts before running your mouth.
  • by Anonymous Location: Pike County on Jul 1, 2008 at 09:08 PM
    Friend of Both, You just made a excellent post! I agree with you 100% that BOTH men have children who will be suffering because of this. People please... take some consideration and time before you post something on here that would possibly do more harm than good to these kids. I am praying for both families.
  • by friend of guy in green truck Location: martin county,ky on Jul 1, 2008 at 08:58 PM
    I KNOW THE GUY IN THE GREEN TRUCK HE WOULD NOT HURT ANY ONE HE HAS BEEN A LONG TIME FRIEND TO MY HOLE FAMILY, HES BEEN HAVING A BAD TIME IN HES LIFE RIGHT NOW! AND I THINK HIS WIFE SHOULD HAVE NOT KICK HIM OUT IF SHE DID! I FEEL 4 BOTH SIDES RIGHT NOW BUT IAM A CLOSE FRIEND OF THE MAN IN A GREEN TRUCK AND I JUST DONT SEE HIM HURTTING ANYONE HE IS HONEST , KIND, AND WOULD GIVE U THE SHIRT OFF HES BACK TO U,AND I WOULD LIKE TO ADD THEY ARE MORE THAN ONE GREEN TRUCK WITH TINTED WINDOS OUT THERE!U JUST CANT UP AND SAY THINGS ABOUT HIM. IF U DONT KNOW HIM LIKE WE DO MANY OF YEARS THE MAN IN THE GREEN TRUCK,GOD BLESS YOUR HEART! & THE OTHER FAMILY TOO!IAM SO SORRY 4 YOUR LOSS.THANK YOU
  • by friend of both Location: williamson,wv on Jul 1, 2008 at 09:43 AM
    People should really think about the families on both sides of this nightmare. There are children on both sides that love their fathers. They are the innocent ones and all this on here only hurts both sides. I know all to well because I am living the same nightmare with a family member accused of murder. Prayers for both families is what people need to be doing. I know both families and truly are heartbroken for both of them.
  • by Lana Location: SE KY on Jun 30, 2008 at 09:26 PM
    I'm anxious to see what the man who "turned himself in" has to say about the shooting. And it certainly doesn't sound like the place a person would choose to commit suicide.
  • by a friend of the guy in the green truck Location: pike co on Jun 30, 2008 at 08:20 PM
    well i know the guy in questioning and all i can say is that he did not intentionally shot the guy and if phillip would have not tried to pull him out of his truck and threatened him he would still be alive and plus i know that the guy in the green truck was there sleeping because him and his wife got into a fight the night before thats the only reason why he was there sleeping and the reason why phillip wanted to get a hold of him is because the guy and phillip where friends for many of years and they feel out just like 5 or 6 months ago and phillip had been tuanting him since oh and the guy in the green truck had a wife 1 teenage duaghter a 11 year old son and a 2 year old son i am just taking up for some one that cant speak for him self at the moment
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