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Kentucky police officer shooting death and suspect

Suspect in Kentucky officer's shooting death killed by Tennessee police

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By KATIE GRUNIK, WZTV

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (WZTV) - A Kentucky man accused of killing an off-duty Hopkinsville Police officer was shot and killed by law enforcement officers early Friday morning after a brief encounter.

The Clarksville Police Department said James Decoursey, a Hopkinsville native, was seen in Clarksville around 1 a.m. on Friday.

Hopkinsville Police said Decoursey shot Officer Phillip Meacham on Thursday night after he pretended to be a police officer and pulled Meacham over.

Decoursey was killed in a shooting involving Montgomery County Sheriff's deputies near I-24 in Clarksville. The MCSO said none of their deputies were hurt in this incident.

Meacham, 38, was a Hopkinsville native and had been with the Hopkinsville Police Department since May 2017. Prior to that, the father of two worked for the Christian County Sheriff's Office for 12 years.

HPD Chief Clayton Sumner asked for prayers for his department and thanked all the men and women involved in the investigation.

Police searched for Decoursey for hours after the shooting and believed he fled the scene in a stolen white Chevrolet pickup truck.

The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation is in Clarksville investigating. The MCSO said State Road 13 East at I-24 in Montgomery County was shut down until 8 a.m. for the investigation.

Hopkinsville Mayor Carter Hendricks posted about the death of Meacham on his Facebook page, saying he will wear blue on Friday in honor of the fallen officer.

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"Words feel insufficient in times like these," Hendricks wrote. "But, our presence and our prayers do matter. I encourage each of you to do your part to bring comfort to the family and all affected by this tragedy."

This is a developing story and will be updated with the latest information.

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