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Hopkinsville, KY Police Officer Phillip Meacham

Police Officer Phillip Meacham

Hopkinsville (KY) Police Department

E.O.W.: 03/29/2018

Officer Phillip Meacham of the Hopkinsville Police Department was shot and killed by a man impersonating a police officer. The man had attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Officer Meacham, who was off-duty, driving his personal car. 

Police Officer Andres Laza-Caraballo

Police Officer Andres Laza-Caraballo

Juncos Municipal (PR) Police Department

EOW: March 21, 2018

Police Officer Andres Laza-Caraballo was shot and killed while intervening in a shooting incident while off duty.

He was patronizing a barber shop on Calle Emilia Príncipe when several men started smoking marijuana in front of it. When the shop owner asked the men to leave he was attacked. Officer Laza-Caraballo identified himself as an officer and attempted to intervene when several of the subjects entered with rifles and opened fire.

Officer Laza-Caraballo was able to return fire, killing one of the men and wounding a second one before being fatally shot. The remaining two subjects fled the scene and remain at large. Three of the men, including the two who Officer Laza-Caraballo shot, were brothers.

Officer Laza-Caraballo had served with the Juncos Municipal Police Department for 10 years. He is survived by his two children.

Police Officer Scotty Hamilton

Police Officer Scotty Hamilton

Pikeville Police Department, Kentucky

EOW: 03/13/18

Pikeville Officer Scotty Hamilton and Kentucky State Trooper Matt Martin were conducting a criminal patrol near Hurricane Creek Tuesday night when they encountered a suspicious vehicle, according to a statement released by the Kentucky State Police.

After speaking with those inside, the officers separated to canvas the area as well as a nearby residence. Shortly after Martin heard a series of gunshots fired in close proximity and searched for Hamilton, who was pronounced dead on the scene.

The Pikeville officer had been assisting the Kentucky State Police with an investigation in the area when he was fatally shot in the head, WVAH reported.

“They had a presence in the area due to past known incidences of drug trafficking,” Officer Jody Sims told reporters during a news conference.

The gunman managed to flee the scene, and authorities have not yet named a suspect.

Police arrested four people on unrelated charges at the scene of the shooting.