San Marcos Police Officer Fatally Shot Serving Warrant, Suspect in Custody

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He was rushed to Central Texas Medical Center after officers were able to pull him from the scene.

San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp says Officer Kenneth Copeland along with a "small contingent of officers" went to 177 Valero Dr.at 2:23 p.m.to serve a warrant.

Chief Stapp said the loss of Officer Copeland is painful for many in the police department.

Officials said all of the officers were wearing distinctive police uniforms with their badges clearly displayed.

A Texas police officer was shot and killed in an ambush while serving an arrest warrant on Monday, Dec. 4.

For people who live in the El Camino Real subdivision in San Marcos, Monday afternoon was met with a slew of of sirens and crime scene tape.

Neighbors of the suspect in the shooting of a San Marcos police officer after an hours-long standoff said that they were horrified to learn it happened so close. The officer was reported to be with other officers while serving the warrant. He was transported to the Central Texas Medical Center immediately after where he later died.

Copeland is the sixth law enforcement officer to die from gunfire in Texas this year, according to statistics from the Officer Down Memorial Page. He leaves behind a wife and four sons.

He is the first San Marcos police officer to be killed in the line of duty, Stapp said.

Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement he's "deeply troubled and saddened" at the officer's death, and added: "Officers around our state courageously serve and deserve our utmost honor and respect, especially during this time".

"Ken's a hero. Today was his day off. His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him", according to ABC affiliate KUVE.

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

"Today we grieve for the family of the fallen San Marcos police officer, and we vow swift justice for the killer", the governor said.

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