Hopkinsville Police Officer shot to death

James Kennith Decoursey

James Kennith Decoursey

"DeCoursey appears to have ignored repeated commands and the situation escalated, resulting in the law enforcement officers firing upon DeCoursey, killing him", the TBI said in a statement. Decoursey was shot and died from his injuries. Police say Decoursey should be treated as armed and risky. Meacham was taken to Jennie Stuart Medical Center immediately after the incident where he was pronounced dead.

James Kennith DeCoursey, 34, pulled Hopkinsville police officer Phillip Meacham over while he was in his personal vehicle, police said.

Hopkinsville Police Chief Clayton Sumner told reporters mental health professionals and chaplains had been brought in to help Meacham's co-workers.

According to Kentucky State Police, numerous federal, state and local agencies are assisting in a searching for suspect James Decoursey.

Kentucky State Police released a picture of a man they say is a suspect in a deadly officer-involved shooting. He was a sheriff's deputy for 12-13 years before joining the Hopkinsville force.

Meacham, married and with two school-age children, had been with the Hopkinsville department since last May after working for about 14 years with the Christian County Sheriff's Department, Austin said. Decoursey is presumed to be armed and risky. Police are not revealing the name of the officer at this time to allow time to notify his family.

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Gov. Matt Bevin confirmed in a tweet the Hopkinsville officer had died. "Thank God for the #ThinBlueLine".

Authorities said the suspect took off in a stolen white Chevrolet pickup truck with Kentucky plates, according to WSMV.

Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks said Thursday that Meacham was a lifelong resident of Christian County, in southwestern Kentucky.

In Frankfort, the state capital, lawmakers in the House stood for a moment of silence after Rep.

This post has been updated.

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