Warrant: Suspect in officer’s death escaped halfway house

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HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (AP) – An arrest warrant says a man suspected of shooting a police officer in Kentucky last week had escaped from a halfway house nearly two months earlier.

The reports obtained an arrest warrant that says 35-year-old James K. Decoursey had left Louisville’s Dismas Charities-St. Patrick’s without consent in early February upon being informed he would be transferred back to prison.

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Kentucky State Police said Decoursey fatally shot Hopkinsville Officer Phillip Meacham on March 29. Decoursey was shot and killed in an encounter with law enforcement officials in Tennessee the next day.

According to the warrant, he was serving a 29-year sentence and due to be released in September 2039.