San Marcos officer killed by suspect while serving warrant

San Marcos officer killed by suspect while serving warrant

The veteran officer with the San Marcos, Texas, police department was shot and killed in the line of duty Monday afternoon while trying to serve an arrest warrant.

Copeland was the first SMPD officer to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the department.

"Today we grieve for the family of the fallen San Marcos police officer, and we vow swift justice for the killer", the governor said.

The San Marcos Police officer shot and killed in the line of duty has been identified as 58-year-old Kenneth Copeland.

According to the police, Copeland was wearing ballistic armor and he was struck multiple times. Around 3:27 p.m., he said his recording caught several more loud bangs. It was not immediately known whether the suspect shot himself or was shot by an officer on the scene, Stapp said. It's unknown if the injury was from an officer's gun or his own. Copeland was the only officer hit. At a Monday night press conference, Stapp told reporters that Copeland had served with the U.S. Coast Guard and had been with the department for 19 years.

"I want to offer my thanks to all of the members of the Central Texas Medical Center who tried very hard to save Ken's life", said Chief Stapp. He said, "He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids because he knows that we're short-handed and that we need help". He leaves behind a wife and four children.

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Stapp shared details of the fatal shooting during the news conference.

The shooting happened near Bowie Elementary School, Fox 7 reported.

"Cecilia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the officer's family and to the entire San Marcos Police Department". "There's only a few that really mesh with our environment, and Ken Copeland was so highly respected".

Regarding police officers killed in the line of duty, ambush attacks account for the most, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

A suspect was taken into custody after he surrendered to law enforcement following the shootout.

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