HOPKINSVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- The suspect accused of killing an off-duty Hopkinsville police officer is dead.
The Logan County Sheriff's Office says the suspect, 34-year-old James K. Decoursey of Hopkinsville, was killed by law enforcement in Clarksville, Tennessee.
State police said Thursday night at a news conference that 38-year-old off-duty Hopkinsville Officer Phillip Meacham was shot that afternoon and was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Trooper Rob Austin identified Decoursey as the suspect, who police said fled on foot then took off in a 1997 white Chevrolet pickup truck with license plate 2070GH.
According to a news release from Supporting Heroes, Officer Meacham used his cell phone to report the incident and requested assistance. As he and an on-duty uniformed officer approached the suspect's vehicle, the occupant opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Meacham.
Gov. Matt Bevin announced Meacham's death on Twitter.
In Frankfort, lawmakers in the House stood for a moment of silence after Rep. Walker Wood Thomas of Hopkinsville announced that an officer had been shot.
According to Supporting Heroes Meacham served with the Hopkinsville Police Department for 11 months. He previously served with the Christian County Sheriff's Office for 12 years.
A post on the Hopkinsville Police Department's Facebook page says a memorial fund has been set up at a local bank to help Meacham's family.
On Friday U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released the following statement on Meacham's death:
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.
Funeral arrangements are pending.
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