Texas Police Officer Shot, Killed While Serving Warrant

Pauline Gross
December 6, 2017

After a press conference was held late Monday, we learned that Ken Copeland was the first officer killed in the line of duty in the city's history - That's the reason the police chief says they're not accustomed to this.

San Marcos officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, was killed in the line of.

Copeland, a 19-year veteran of the force who was working on his day off, was struck multiple times. He was rushed to Central Texas Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

The suspect was shot during the SWAT standoff and transported to a nearby hospital in Austin said police. He will be placed back into police custody when he is medically stable.

Shortly after the officers arrived in the El Camino Real subdivision, the male suspect - who has not been identified - began firing at the officers, "much like in an ambush type of situation", Chief Stapp said.

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The San Marcos Police Department and Hays County Sheriff's Office is reportedly on scene. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him", according to ABC affiliate KUVE. He is survived by his wife and four children, according to Dallas News.

Copeland joined the department March 30, 1998, serving SMPD for 19 years and 9 months as a Police Officer.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued his condolences to the slain cop's family and promised the shooter will receive "swift justice".

"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened". We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day. He also worked security at the Promiseland Church on the edge of town, Pastor Michael Higgins told the station.

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