An off- duty police officer was shot and killed earlier this week by a man pretending to be a police officer.
The incident occurred around 5:00 p.m Thursday in Hopkins, Kentucky.
According to the report, 38-year-old Office Phillip Meacham was driving his personal vehicle when he was pulled over by 35-year-old James Kennith Decoursey. At some point during the encounter, Decoursey pulled his weapon and shot the officer. He then fled the scene on foot before stealing a in white Chevrolet pickup truck.
Officer Meacham was taken to Jenny Stuart Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.
Decoursey was later located in Tennessee, which is about 73 miles away from the initial scene, where he was shot and killed during an encounter with police officers there.
Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner spoke with reporters on Thursday night where he asked the community for thoughts and prayers for Officer Meacham and all of those who put their lives on the line.
Sumner also told reporters that the agency has brought in mental health professionals and chaplains for all of Meacham’s co-workers.
Officer Meacham worked for the Christian County Sheriff’s Department for about 14-years. He leaves behind a wife and two school-aged children.
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