Texas Police Officer Shot, Killed While Serving Warrant

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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.

Officer Kenneth Copeland died this afternoon after the altercation in San Marcos, about 30 miles south of Austin, Texas.

Copeland is the first officer to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the San Marcos Police Department, Stapp added.

Stapp said the suspect, who also had at least one gunshot wound, surrendered after a brief standoff and was taken to a hospital.

According to the Austin-American Statesman, the officer was serving a warrant at a home near an elementary school when the suspect shot him multiple times.

The shooting happened at 3:50 p.m. Monday. Copeland is succeeded by his wife and four sons.

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"Ken's a hero", Stapp told reporters.

Copeland, who was wearing his protective vest, was taken to Central Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.

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

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott (R) offered his condolences to Copeland's family and ordered the city's flags lowered to half-staff in his honor.

"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 will be placed back into police custody when he is medically stable.

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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