San Marcos Police Officer Shot and Killed While Serving Warrant

Officer Kenneth Copeland 58

A police officer was fatally shot Monday afternoon while serving a warrant in San Marcos, about 30 miles south of Austin.

The wanted person shot the officer multiple times.

The suspect was also taken to a hospital after he was shot during a standoff with police. He will be placed back into police custody when he is medically stable. 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. He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows that we're short-handed and need the help.

Mettz, 51, owns the home at 177 Valero Dr., which is in the El Camino Real subdivision in southern San Marcos, off of Old Bastrop Road, according to the Hays County Appraisal District. He is survived by his wife and four children, according to Dallas News.

"His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody here loved him", he added.


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

Despite wearing protective gear, the shots struck the officer.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued his condolences to the slain cop's family and promised the shooter will receive "swift justice". The shooting was said to have occurred near Bowie Elementary School in Texas. We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day. "There's only a few that really mesh with our environment, and Ken Copeland was so highly respected".

San Marcos Mayor John Thomaides called Copeland a "member of our family" and asked for the city to rally around men and women in law enforcement.

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