Off-duty Hopkinsville, Ky. officer shot and killed by man pretending to be police officer


Multiple agencies worked to arrest a man accused of shooting and killing an off-duty Hopkinsville police officer on Thursday.

The Hopkinsville Police Department said an off-duty officer pulled over a man pretending to be a police officer. Shortly after, the HPD said James Decoursey, 35, shot and killed the officer.

The Kentucky State Police identified the officer killed as Phillip Meacham. He has been with the HPD since May 2017.

The Clarksville Police Department said James Decoursey, a Hopkinsville native, was seen in Clarksville around 1 a.m. on Friday. Decoursey was killed in a shooting involving officers with the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office near the interstate in Clarksville.

Meacham, 38, was a Hopkinsville native and married and has one child. The KSP said he worked for the Hopkinsville Police Department since May 2017. Prior to that, Meacham worked for the Christian County Sheriff's Office for approximately 12 years.

HPD Chief Clayton Sumner asked for prayers for his department and thanked all the men and women involved in this investigation.

"Officers are never off duty, never off duty," Sumner said.

Sumner said he is working to support his officers throughout this process and asks them to be strong.

"Be strong, keep your emotions in check," Sumner said. "We've already activated mental health professionals and chaplains. We did that shortly after the immediate flight. We started taking those measures because it is important to take care of your staff, remember your staff at a time like this too."

Sumner said he briefly spoke to to the Meacham's family and promised to find the man responsible for his death.

"We'll find him," Sumner said. "We're here. We'll get through this. It's what we do."

The HPD said Decoursey fled the scene in a stolen white Chevrolet pick up truck with Kentucky license plate 2070GH. Officers believe Decoursey is armed and dangerous.

He's described at as 6'1" tall, 260 lbs with brown eyes and black hair.

Condolences for the HPD on social media

Several departments and public figures expressed their condolences for the HPD and the family of the fallen officer on social media.

Fox 17 News has a crew on the way and will update this story with the latest information available.

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