Hopkinsville Police: Off-Duty Officer Fatally Shot, Suspect 'Armed and Dangerous'

30 March, 2018, 09:05 | Author: Chad Mckenzie
  • Armed and dangerous suspect wanted in shooting of Hopkinsville, KY officer

Hopkinsville Police says the off-duty police officer was pulled over in his personal vehicle by a man, now identified as James DeCoursey pretending to be a police officer, the officer was fatally shot by DeCoursey.

Christian County Emergency Management officials named the suspect as James Kenneth Decoursey, 35.

Investigators say Decoursey ran from the scene and stole a 1997 White Chevy pickup truck, with license plate 2070GH.

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According to News Channel 5 in Nashville, the Hopkinsville mayor said the officer was off-duty at the time of the shooting. Police are considering him "armed and unsafe".

A Tennessee Highway Patrol helicopter is aiding in the search for Decoursey, as well as multiple other police agencies.

Please be in prayer for the family and friends of an officer with @HopkinsvillePD who was shot and killed today; a callous act that I hope is met swiftly with the hands of justice.

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In Frankfort, the lawmakers in the House stood for a moment of silence after Rep.

Governor Matt Bevin tweeted Thursday night about the Hopkinsville officer's death. Walker Wood Thomas announced the officer's shooting, according to the Associated Press.

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