At the request of 19th District Attorney General John Carney, TBI Agents continue to investigate the circumstances surrounding an officer-involved shooting in Clarksville.
Preliminary information indicates the incident occurred at approximately 12:00 AM Friday morning and resulted from the search for James Decoursey (DOB 1-24-83), who was the suspect in a fatal shooting of an off-duty Hopkinsville, Kentucky police officer on Thursday evening. Authorities had issued a BOLO — be-on-the-lookout — for Decoursey, and also developed information he had stolen a white truck and may have been in a particular area of Clarksville, Tennessee. Law enforcement officers from several agencies, including the Clarksville Police Department, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office, and the United States Marshals Service met in the area and located the stolen vehicle in the parking lot of a restaurant on Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, near Exit 4 off of I-24. At approximately the same time, a call came in to authorities from a hotel across the street, reporting that a man matching Decoursey’s description was there asking for a cigarette. The law enforcement officers headed in the direction of the hotel, when two deputies from Montgomery County and one U.S. marshal encountered Decoursey walking across Wilma Rudolph Boulevard, back toward the restaurant. Decoursey appears to have ignored repeated commands and the situation escalated, resulting in the law enforcement officers firing upon Decoursey, killing him. No law enforcement officers sustained injury in the incident.
TBI Agents continue to gather any and all relevant evidence, interviews, and information. Throughout the investigative process, findings will be shared with the District Attorney General. As a reminder: In all investigations, the TBI acts solely as ‘fact-finders.’ Any determination about the legality of the actions of the officer/s involved in these types of matters rests solely with the District Attorney General.
The TBI does not identify the officers involved in these types of matters, and instead refers questions of that nature to their respective department/s.
If available, additional details about this investigation will be posted to TBINewsroom.com.