Monday, 11 December, 2017

Fallen police officer escorted from Austin to San Marcos funeral home

San Marcos police officer shot and killed while serving warrant San Marcos police shooting scene
Charlie Simmons | 07 December, 2017, 03:01

His fellow officers put him in a patrol auto and rushed him to the Central Texas Medical Center.

The police officer was serving a warrant when he was shot and killed in Texas Monday, authorities said.

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According to the police, Copeland was wearing ballistic armor and he was struck multiple times.

San Marcos city manager Bert Lumbreras said at the news conference that Copeland's colleagues were emotional after the shooting.

He and other officers were serving the warrant in a subdivision around 2:23 p.m. local time when a suspect opened fire on them "much like in an ambush type of situation", said San Marcos Chief of Police Chase Stapp at a news conference Monday evening.

The officer, who has not been identified, was serving a warrant in the El Camino Real subdivison of the city, the city of San Marcos said in a press release Monday.

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The suspect, wounded at least once by gunfire, surrendered after a short standoff and was taken to a hospital in nearby Austin, Stapp said.

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. "Officers around our state courageously serve and deserve our utmost honor and respect, especially during this time", he said.

"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened".

"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", said Chief Stapp.

"Today was his day off". He leaves behind a wife and four children. "They are a part of our family as well and they did a great job". He is the first San Marcos police officer killed in the line of duty. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody loved him".

Copeland was working on his day off, earning a little extra money for his family, the day he died.

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