Hero Down: Hopkinsville Officer Phillip Meacham Murdered

Officer Phillip Meacham was murdered on Thursday night.

Hopkinsville, KY - Officer Phillip Meacham was murdered by a police impersonator on Thursday night.

Hopkinsville PD says that 35-year-old James Kennith Decoursey was posing as a police officer when he made a traffic stop on off-duty Officer Meacham at around 5:10 p.m.

What happened next isn't clear, but Hopkinsville Chief Clayton Sumner later said at a press conference that "officers are never off duty," and said "an officer was trying to help another officer tonight. And now we're here." When he was asked to clarify his comments, he declined to do so at that time.

Sometime during the stop, Decoursey fatally shot Officer Meacham.

Decoursey then fled on foot and stole a white Chevrolet pickup with Kentucky plate 2070GH.

Decoursey is still on the run as of the time of this writing. He is described as a white male, black hair, brown eyes, 6'1", 260 lbs.

38-year-old Officer Phillip Meacham leaves behind a wife and two school-aged children.

Officer Meacham was a 14-year law enforcement veteran in Christian County, and had just joined Hopkinsville PD last year.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Hopkinsville Police Department Officer Phillip Meacham, both blood and blue. Godspeed, we will take the watch from here. Thank you for your service.

Officer Phillip Meacham, your life mattered.

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CloserFocus
CloserFocus

Such a tragedy. Your comrades took care of the worthless POS. Be at peace now. Thank You for your service. Prayers to your family.

Renee Henderson
Renee Henderson

RIP & we all know u will b the best Angel ever 2 watch over ur family. Fly high Phillip Fly high

bluedog_2g2
bluedog_2g2

RIP Officer Meacham. Thank your for your service and for making the ultimate sacrifice, on behalf of your community and our nation. Prayers for comfort and strength for the Meacham family, his co-workers and friends. Thank you good and faithful servant. I am glad to read that the suspect was properly euthanized, as any mad dog should be.

Buzz17
Buzz17

So heartbreaking. The tweet from the Christian Co. Sheriff's Office made it even more profound--the unspeakable cost of one's man violent act. Keeping Ofc. Meecham's family, blood & blue, in our prayers during these very holy days! RIP, Sir!

Leoladyfla
Leoladyfla

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