San Marcos officer killed by suspect while serving warrant

San Marcos officer killed by suspect while serving warrant

A suspect has been taken into custody after a police officer in San Marcos, Texas, was shot and killed Monday afternoon while he was serving a warrant, authorities said. He was transported to the Central Texas Medical Center immediately after where he later died.

Copeland was a 19-year veteran of the force. "Our hearts are broken from the loss of not only a dedicated officer but also a phenomenal person and father".

"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", chief Stapp added.

"Today we grieve for the family of the fallen San Marcos police officer, and we vow swift justice for the killer", Gov. Greg Abbott said in a statement Monday evening.

Shortly after officers arrived, a male suspect began firing at officers. It's also unclear if the suspect who shot Copeland was also the subject of the arrest warrant.

Neighbors of the suspect in the shooting of a San Marcos police officer after an hours-long standoff said that they were horrified to learn it happened so close.

The officer is the 119th law enforcement official to be killed in the line of duty this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. "I saw peoples' hearts ripped out".

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On Tuesday Dec. 5, Copeland's body was escorted from Austin to the Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos at 3:30 p.m.

Four schools in the area were placed on lockdown following the shooting, and children who were boarding buses to go home were sent back inside, local media reported. "His picture's hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody here loved him".

"This is a time of great loss and mourning for our community", said Mayor John Thomaides.

He was described by Stapp and fellow officers as being a hero.

Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement as well.

San Marcos Police Chief Stapp said Copeland was the first officer in the city's history to be killed in the line of duty.

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