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Police Impersonator Murders Real Cop After Pulling Him Over

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An off-duty police officer was shot and killed Thursday evening after a man who was impersonating a police officer pulled over the actual officer’s car and shot him. The details of the unusual story are just beginning to unfold, and the man responsible for the attack is still at large.

The slain officer worked for the Hopkinsville Police Department, in Kentucky.

Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin confirmed that the unidentified officer was killed.

“According to the Hopkinsville Police Department,” The Leaf Chronicle writes, “at 5:10 p.m., the off-duty officer was driving in his personal vehicle when a man ‘pretending to be a police officer’ pulled over the cop’s car.”

While the time that the incident began is clear, the next few moments are not. The news release says “shortly after that” the off-duty officer was shot by the impersonator.

The suspect has been identified as 35-year-old James Kennith Decoursey. He has not been apprehended. He stole a white Chevrolet pickup at the scene, and fled.

Decoursey can be identified by the tattoo on his neck.

Kentucky State Police Commissioner Rick Sanders has taken over the investigation and has extra officers on scene looking for Decoursey.

“There is no greater sacrifice than that of a person willing to lay down their life for another… Thank God for the #ThinBlueLine,” Governor Bevin tweeted.