Texas officer shot to death while serving warrant

San Marcos Police Officer Ken Copeland was killed in the line of duty while serving an arrest warrant Dec. 4 2017

On Monday afternoon an officer serving a warrant in the El Camino Real subdivision was shot multiple times and killed said police.

"As the San Marcos community and Police Department continue to mourn the tragic death of officer Kenneth Copeland, I've ordered Texas flags to be lowered in remembrance of his courage and bravery", said Abbott.

Copeland is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the San Marcos Police Department, Stapp added. The officer, who was wearing his protective vest, was rushed to a hospital and pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m. Officials said the suspect later came out of his house and surrendered to officers, but he did suffer a gunshot wound. Copeland and other officers present were shot at by the suspect, "much like in an ambush type of situation".

Once medically stable, Chief Stapp said the suspect will be taken into custody. Children who were on school buses getting ready to leave for the day were brought back inside. "They are simply trying to protect us from harm", said City Manager Bert Lumbreras.

Describing Officer Copeland as a hero, the chief said his officer worked just about every day off, "to provide for his kids and because he knows we're short-handed and need the help".


“Ken’s a hero,” said Police Chief Chase Stapp of the fallen officer

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

The school was locked down after the shooting.

We pray for the family of the San Marcos police officer killed in the line of duty.

"There's a lot of great officers", Higgins said.

Copeland is the sixth law enforcement officer to die from gunfire in Texas this year, according to statistics from the Officer Down Memorial Page. We have to appreciate the fine men and women who are out there serving the public's interest in their jobs.

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