Texas cop shot dead in line of duty while serving warrant

San Marcos police officer shot and killed 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 is the first San Marcos police officer killed in the line of duty.

One police officers took him to the Central Texas Medical Center in a police vehicle where the doctors pronounced him dead at 3:55 p.m. The suspect was shot during the shootout and was transported to a hospital in Austin, police said.

"Ken's a hero", said Police Chief Chase Stapp of the fallen officer. 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. The officer was rushed to Central Texas Medical Center, where he died. Around 3:27 p.m., he said his recording caught several more loud bangs. The suspect eventually came out of his house and surrendered to officers, but suffered a gunshot wound. The Hays County-San Marcos joint SWAT and crisis negotiation teams were responding to the scene.

The suspect is said to be in an Austin-area hospital. They described him as a hard-working and well-liked member of the department and said he leaves behind a wife and four children.

"Much like an ambush type of situation", said Stapp. "He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows that we're shorthanded", Stapp added. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him", according to ABC affiliate KUVE.

According to Stapp officer Copeland was wearing a protective vest when he was shot multiple times.

Stapp shared details of the fatal shooting during the news conference.

Flags will remain at half-staff through sunset on the day of the officer's funeral, Abbott's order said. "There's only a few that really mesh with our environment, and Ken Copeland was so highly respected".

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