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Suspect In Ky. Officer's Shooting Death Killed By Law Enforcement

Posted at 1:41 AM, Mar 30, 2018

The man suspected in the shooting death of a Hopkinsville police officer has been shot and killed by law enforcement in Montgomery County. 

Tennessee Bureau of Investigation spokesman Josh DeVine said 35-year-old James Decoursey was shot and killed around midnight while walking across Wilma Rudolph Boulevard in Clarksville. 

Authorities spotted a stolen vehicle believed to have been driven by Decoursey in the parking lot of a Cracker Barrel restaurant. Around that time, an employee of a nearby hotel also called police, saying Decoursey had asked for a cigarette.  

Scene Photos: Suspected Ky. Cop Killer Dead In Clarksville

DeVine said that two deputies and one U.S. Marshal's officer then spotted Decoursey crossing the street and gave several verbal commands to stop. He reportedly ignored those commands and was shot dead. 

DeVine said they recovered a weapon from the scene.  

Decoursey had been accused of shooting and killing Officer Phillip Meacham on Thursday in Christian County. Meacham was off-duty at the time.  

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Hopkinsville Police officials said Decoursey was impersonating a police officer when he attempted to pull over Meacham. Shortly after Decoursey initiated the fake traffic stop, he allegedly shot the officer.

Exit four and parts of Wilma Rudolph Boulevard was closed for hours as the investigation continued. The road has since reopened.   

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