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Kentucky cop killed by suspect pretending to be police officer

Kentucky cop killed by suspect pretending to be police officer

The driver was an off-duty police officer, and shortly after Decoursey initiated the fake traffic stop, he allegedly shot and killed the officer. Walker Wood Thomas announced the officer's shooting, according to the Associated Press.

The off-duty officer was in his personal vehicle when he was pulled over by the suspect, who police identified as 35-year-old James Kennith Decoursey.

An active manhunt is underway for Decoursey, who is said to be armed and unsafe. Decoursey is presumed to be armed and risky. Meacham was married and had two "school-age" children. They ask that anyone who sees him or that white pickup call 911 immediately.

Officer Meacham was taken to Jenny Stuart Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.

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The suspect fled on foot and stole a 1997 white Chevrolet pick-up truck, license plate number 2070GH. At 8:07 p.m., he was still on the run and is considered armed and risky. Citizens may also report tips anonymously through the KSP app.

Matt Bevin confirmed that the Hopkinsville officer, whose name hasn't been released, succumbed to his injuries.

KENTUCKY (3/29/18) - Police officers throughout western Kentucky are on the look out for man driving a stolen pickup truck after he allegedly shot and killed a police officer in Hopkinsville this evening.

This is a breaking news story and will be updated as more information becomes available.


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