Police in Kentucky were on the hunt Thursday night for an “armed and dangerous” man accused of posing as a cop and pulling over an off-duty police officer — before shooting and killing him.
Authorities identified the slain officer as Phillip Meacham, 38, in a news conference Thursday evening. The suspect, James Decoursey, 34, is on the run, they said, after stealing a white Chevrolet pickup truck.
Gov. Matt Bevin previously confirmed in a tweet that a Hopkinsville officer had died.
Decoursey is a white man with brown eyes and black hair who weighs 260 lbs and is 6’1″ tall, according to Fox Nashville.
Authorities reported to the scene on Paulette Court after 5 p.m., WKRN reported. Hopkinsville is about 75 miles north of Nashville.
According to a Hopkinsville Police Department news release, the off-duty officer was pulled over in his own car by someone “pretending to be a police officer.” Not long after, the officer reportedly was shot by the suspect. He was rushed to the hospital where he ultimately died from his injuries, investigators said.
Decoursey “is considered armed and dangerous,” they said.
Meacham worked for the Hopkinsville Police Department since May 2017 and previously worked at the Christian County Sheriff’s Department for about 12 years, officials said at the news conference. The slain officer reportedly was married and had two children.
In a followup tweet, Bevin said “There is no greater sacrifice than that of a person willing to lay down their life for annother…Thank God for the #ThinBlueLine.”