Texas cop fatally shot while serving warrant, suspect in custody

San Marcos Police Officer Fatally Shot Serving Warrant Suspect in Custody

"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.

A Texas police officer has died after being shot multiple times by a suspect while serving a warrant.

Stapp said that Copeland, who served in the U.S. Coast Guard before becoming a police officer, was wearing body armor during the attack but that the bullets hit parts of his body that were unprotected.

San Marcos city manager Bert Lumbreras said at the news conference that Copeland's colleagues were emotional after the shooting. It is not known if the suspect's gunshot wound was self-inflicted or if police shot him.

Copeland was one of a group of SMPD officers who went to the Camino Real subdivision in San Marcos to serve an arrest warrant for a violent crime.

The remaining officers called in SWAT, and after a standoff and exchange of gunfire, the suspect was shot.

One police officers took him to the Central Texas Medical Center in a police auto where the doctors pronounced him dead at 3:55 p.m.

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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. The suspect allegedly opened fire on the officer shooting several times, according to KSAT ABC12.

"Much like an ambush type of situation", said Stapp.

"Today was his day off". He leaves behind a wife and four sons.

"He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows we're shorthanded and we need the help", said Chief Stapp. "His picture's hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody here loved him".

The body of San Marcos' first police officer killed in the line of duty was taken to a funeral home in San Marcos Tuesday afternoon.

A suspect is in custody following a shootout with law enforcement.

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

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