Suspect in fatal cop shooting killed in Tennessee
The man accused of killing an off-duty Kentucky police officer was shot and killed during an encounter with law enforcement officials. Mike Tobin reports from Chicago.
Enforcement of the law in Tennessee killed the man authorities said posed as a cop and a deadly shot a real police officer after pulling him over in his car.
James Decoursey, 34, who was considered armed and dangerous, was killed in Clarksville, Tennessee., according to a Facebook post by Logan County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities that the slain officer as Phillip Meacham, 38. Decoursey was on the run after stealing a white Chevrolet pick-up truck.
Tonight a police officer in Hopkinsville, KY was killed in the line of duty
— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) March 29, 2018
Gov. Matt Bevin previously confirmed in a tweet that a Hopkinsville officer had died.
Authorities reported to the scene at Paulette Court after 5 hours, WKRN reported. Hopkinsville is about 70 miles northwest of Nashville.
According to a Hopkinsville Police press release, the off-duty officer was pulled over in his car by someone “who pretends to be a policeman.” Not long after, the officer, who was allegedly shot by the suspect. He was rushed to the hospital, where he eventually died from his injuries, authorities said.
Meacham worked for the Hopkinsville Police department since May of 2017 and previously worked at the Christian County Sheriff’s Department for about 12 years, officials said at the press conference. The officer killed, allegedly, was married and had two children.
In a follow-up tweet, Bevin said: “There is no greater sacrifice than that of a person willing to lay down their life for annother…Thank God for the #ThinBlueLine.”