"DeCoursey appears to have ignored repeated commands and the situation escalated, resulting in the law enforcement officers firing upon DeCoursey, killing him", the TBI said in a statement. Police say Decoursey should be treated as armed and unsafe.
An account has been set up to raise funds for the family of a fallen Kentucky police officer.
State police said in a news release the off-duty Hopkinsville officer was shot at about 5:10 p.m. CDT Thursday and was taken to a hospital, where he died.
Meacham was transported to Jennie Stuart Medical Center in Hopkinsville, where he died.
"Christian County Emergency Management shared on Facebook that the suspect is 35-year-old James Kennith Decoursey, a white male, 6'1" weighing 260 pounds with brown eyes and black hair. He served with the Hopkinsville Police Department for 11 months.
Anyone with information about Decoursey's whereabouts or this case is asked to contact State Police Post 2 at 270-676-3313 or anonymously toll-free at 1-800-222-5555.
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Jesse Kilgus, 51, was shot in his van outside John Hardin High School in Elizabethtown, where he went to check his child out of school, Kentucky State Police said. He is considered armed and risky. No law enforcement officers were injured in the Clarksville incident.
According to the latest report in Fox Nashville, Decoursey was convicted of "manufacturing methamphetamine and possession of methamphetamine, marijuana and drug paraphernalia in 2012 in Christian County" for which he was sentenced to 12 years in prison. That driver was the off-duty officer, who has not yet been named.
Meanwhile, the man fled on foot and initially escaped by stealing a vehicle, police said.
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin praised police via Twitter on Wednesday evening.
In Frankfort, lawmakers in the House stood for a moment of silence after Rep.
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