Manhunt for suspect accused of posing as a police officer, the killing of Kentucky cop

The suspect in the officer-involved shooting was identified as James Decoursey, Fox Nashville reported, citing Christian County Emergency Management.


The police in Kentucky were looking Thursday night for an “armed and dangerous” man accused of impersonating a cop and pulling over an off-duty police officer — to shoot and kill him.

Gov. Matt Bevin confirmed in a tweet the Hopkinsville officer had died.

Tonight a police officer in Hopkinsville, KY was killed in the line of duty

— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) March 29, 2018

The defendant, on the flight, was identified as 35-year-old James Decoursey, Christian County Emergency Management told Fox Nashville. Decoursey is white with brown eyes and black hair, weighs 260 lbs and is 6’1″ tall, according to the news outlet.

BREAKING: Hopkinsville police officer is shot and killed. Suspect is still on the loose. (Photo @WHOPradio)

— FoxNashville (@FOXNashville) March 29, 2018

Authorities reported to the scene at Paulette Court after 5 hours, WKRN reported. Hopkinsville is about 75 miles north of Nashville.

According to a Hopkinsville Police press release obtained by WSMV, 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.

#BREAKING Hopkinsville police says suspect James Decoursey was an officer, pulled over the off-duty officer, then shot and killed him. We are on our way to the scene, update shortly. @WSMV

— Kevin Trager (@KevinWSMV) 30 March 2018

Authorities say that the suspect was in a stolen white Chevrolet pick-up truck with Kentucky plates, according to WSMV. Decoursey “is considered armed and dangerous,” she said.

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.”

This is the development of a story; check back for updates.

There is no greater sacrifice than that of a person willing to lay down their life for another…Thank God for the #ThinBlueLine

— Governor Matt Bevin (@GovMattBevin) March 29, 2018

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