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Suspect in Kentucky officer’s killing is shot dead in Tennessee

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Officer Phillip Meacham
(Kentucky State Police / AP)

A man suspected of fatally shooting an off-duty police officer in a small Kentucky city has been killed by law enforcement officials in Tennessee.

Kentucky State Police Trooper Rob Austin said in a statement Friday that 34-year-old James K. Decoursey of Hopkinsville “had a brief encounter with law enforcement” officials in Clarksville, Tennessee, where he “was shot and died from his injuries.”

Kentucky State police say Decoursey shot and killed 38-year-old Hopkinsville officer Phillip Meacham Thursday afternoon, then fled on foot before taking off in a pickup.

Meacham, who was married and had two school-age children, had been with the Hopkinsville department since May 2017. Before that he worked for about 14 years with the Christian County Sheriff’s Department.

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Hopkinsville is about 73 miles northwest of Nashville.


UPDATES:

4:20 a.m.: Updated with the suspect’s death.

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This article was first published at 3 a.m.


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