(UPDATE:) Reports have named Phillip Meacham as the Hopkinsville police officer shot and killed in Christian County, Kentucky by a man impersonating an officer.

Hopkinsville Police Officer Meacham was off-duty at the time of the shooting Thursday evening.


Hopkinsville Police officials said the suspect, 35-year-old James Kenneth Decoursey, attempted to pull over a driver. That driver was Meacham. Shortly after Decoursey initiated the fake traffic stop, that’s when he allegedly shot the officer. Officer Meacham was transported to the hospital where he later died. source

(Original story:) A Kentucky police dispatcher says an officer has been killed.

A dispatcher with the Hopkinsville Police Department confirmed an officer was killed Thursday but was not able to provide the circumstances. She said she could not give her name.

Gov. Matt Bevin said on Twitter that the officer was killed in the line of duty.

In Frankfort, the lawmakers in the House stood for a moment of silence after Rep. Walker Wood Thomas of Hopkinsville announced that an officer had been shot. source

Kentucky State Police are investigating but no information was immediately available.