Condolences pour in for family of slain Hopkinsville Officer

UPDATE: LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ)- U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has released a statement regarding the loss of Officer Meacham late Thursday night.

McConnell says, “Last night’s targeted act of violence against one of Kentucky’s finest is shocking. Elaine and I send our prayers to the family of Officer Phillip Meacham, the Hopkinsville Police Department, and the entire community struggling with this loss. Kentucky’s law enforcement put their own safety at risk every day facing serious dangers, and our communities are made safer by their service and sacrifice. Officer Meacham’s bravery won’t be forgotten.”

UPDATE 3/30/18 3:00 a.m.- CLARKSVILLE, Tn. (WBKO) – According to WBKO, the man accused of killing Officer Phillip Meacham has been killed by police with the Logan County Sheriff’s Office in Clarksville, Tennessee.

Original story below:

HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WTVQ) – A Hopkinsville Police Officer with 14-years experience in law enforcement in Christian County was gunned down Thursday afternoon by a man investigators say was pretending to be a police officer.

Investigators say 38-year old Officer Phillip Meacham, of Hopkinsville, was pronounced dead at Jenny Stuart Medical Center.  He leaves behind a wife and two school-aged children, according to State Police.

The search is on for the accused killer, 34-year old James Decoursey, of Hopkinsville.  Investigators say after the shooting, Decoursey ran off and stole a white 1997 Chevrolet pickup truck with Kentucky license plate 2070GH.  State Police say there’s a chance Decoursey later changed vehicles.

He is considered armed and dangerous and if spotted, should not be approached.  People are asked to call 9-1-1 immediately.

Anyone with information about Decoursey’s whereabouts or this case is asked to contact State Police Post 2 at 270-676-3313 or anonymously toll-free at 1-800-222-5555.

People may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.  The app is available for iPhone, iPad and Android applications and can be easily downloaded free of charge through Apple and Google Play stores.

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