HOPKINSVILLE, Kentucky –
A man suspected of shooting a duty-free police officer in a small town in Kentucky was killed by law enforcement officials in Tennessee, the authorities said Friday.
James K. Decoursey, 34, of Hopkinsville, Kentucky, "had a brief encounter with law enforcement officials" in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he was "shot and died from his injuries," said Kentucky State Police trooper Rob Austin in one Statement. Austin said the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is conducting investigations.
The Kentucky police said Decoursey had turned out to be an officer when he tried to raid 38-year-old Hopkinsville officer Phillip Meacham on Thursday afternoon. The police said he shot and killed the officer, then escaped on foot before leaving in a pickup truck.
Meacham, who was married and had two school-age children, was in the Hopkinsville Department since May 201
Hopkinsville police chief Clayton Sumner told reporters Thursday night, "I just want to ask everyone for their thoughts and prayers for the family, including the men and women out there trying to find this criminal and bring him to justice." He said that psychiatric professionals and clerics had been brought to help Meacham's staff.
He also said that he had talked briefly with the slain widow's widow and told her two things, "We'll find him" and "I'm sorry."
Gov. Matt Bevin announced the death of the officer on Twitter.
In Frankfort, MEPs stopped in the House for a moment of silence after Rep. Walker Wood Thomas of Hopkinsville announced that an officer had been shot dead.
Hopkinsville is approximately 73 miles northwest of Nashville, Tennessee.
The Associated Press has contributed to this report.
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