Police release new details about deadly shooting of Hopkinsville police officer

(HPD/Fox 17 News)

The Kentucky State Police released new details about the events leading up to the shooting death of a Hopkinsville police officer in late March.

According to the KSP, Officer Phillip Meacham was off-duty when he saw a vehicle using flashing blue lights behind him near Faulkner Drive on March 29. Officers said Meacham was driving his personal vehicle, and James Decoursey was driving the vehicle with the flashing blue lights.

After Decoursey turned onto another street, Officer Meacham turned behind him and contacted an on-duty supervisor just before 5 p.m. to request a uniformed officer to assist.

The KSP said Decoursey then pulled onto Paulette Court, a dead end street. Officer Meacham remained nearby to make sure the suspect did not leave the area. Approximately 10 minutes later, a uniformed officer met Meacham. They approached Decoursey, who appeared to be working on his vehicle in the driveway.

After contact was made, Decoursey shot Officer Meacham and fled the scene in a stolen vehicle. Meacham was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

Officer Meacham left behind a wife and young daughter. The Hopkinsville native had over 14 years of experience of law enforcement with the Hopkinsville Police Department and Christian County Sheriff's Office.

Decoursey was on the run for several hours, prompting a multi-agency manhunt. Law enforcement officers shot and killed him in Clarksville, Tenn. during a confrontation in the early hours of March 30.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Kentucky State Police Post 2 at 270-676-3313 or anonymously at 1-800-222-5555.


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