Officer Shot, Killed By Suspect Impersonating Officer

Posted at 6:24 PM, Mar 29, 2018
and last updated 2018-04-02 11:10:41-04

An officer was shot and killed in Christian County, Kentucky Thursday by a man impersonating an officer.

Hopkinsville Police Officer Phillip Meacham was off-duty at the time of the shooting. 

Hopkinsville Police officials said the suspect, 35-year-old James Kenneth Decoursey, attempted to pull over a driver. That driver was Meacham. Shortly after Decoursey initiated the fake traffic stop, that's when he allegedly shot the officer.

Officer Meacham was transported to the hospital where he later died.

Officials said Decoursey fled the scene and stole a 1997 white Chevrolet pickup truck with Kentucky plates 2070GH. He was later shot and killed in Clarksville.

Decoursey has an extensive criminal history, including several felony charges.

Meacham had been with the department since May 2017. Before that, he worked with the Christian County Sheriff's Office for about 12 years.

He leaves behind a wife and one child. Mayor Carter Hendricks said flags will be flown at half-staff in his honor.