Hopkinsville Officer Murdered by Police Impersonator

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Kentucky: At around 5:10 p.m. on Thursday, an off-duty Hopkinsville officer was driving in his private vehicle when a suspect pretending to be a cop pulled him over. What specifically occurred at that moment is unknown, but the suspect fatally shot the officer then fled the scene on foot, then stole a pickup. The suspect was later shot dead by authorities in Clarksville, TN.

Blue Lives Matter reported that Hopkinsville Police Officer Phillip Meacham, 38, was stopped by James Kennith Decoursey, 35, at around 5:10 p.m. on Thursday evening. Decoursey was pretending to be another police officer. The police chief stated that his officer was “trying to help another officer” but declined to give any further details. It is unclear what transpired next.

Decoursey fatally shot Officer Meacham. He then fled on foot, and stole a white 1997 Chevy pickup truck with Kentucky plates 2070GH. A manhunt ensued.

The suspect was located in Clarksville, Kentucky.

Kentucky State Police issued this statement:
“Hopkinsville, KY (March 30, 2018) – The Kentucky State Police was notified by law enforcement in Tennessee that James K. Decoursey is no longer a threat to the public. He was located in Clarksville, Tennessee where he had a brief encounter with law enforcement. Mr. Decoursey was shot and died from his injuries. Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is investigating the incidents that occurred in Tennessee.”

According to the Tennessean, DeCoursey was the subject of a “BOLO” or “Be On The Look Out.” When a tip was received that a man matching his description was spotted in Clarksville, members of the Clarksville Police, Montgomery County Sheriff, and US Marshals Service arrived. They located the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a local restaurant, and received word that he was at a hotel not far away asking for a cigarette. They encountered Decoursey walking across the street from that hotel back toward the restaurant. He failed to obey police commands, leading to him being fatally shot.

Decoursey had an extensive criminal record.

Officer Meacham leaves behind a wife and two children. He just joined the Hopkinsville Police in 2017, but was a 14 year veteran of law enforcement in Christian County.

 

Featured photo of Officer Meacham via Blue Lives Matter

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