Texas Police Officer Shot and Killed While Serving Warrant

  • Texas Police Officer Shot and Killed While Serving Warrant

Texas Police Officer Shot and Killed While Serving Warrant

A statement issued by San Marcos, Texas, officials said 58-year-old Officer Kenneth Copeland died Monday afternoon after being shot multiple times by a suspect while Copeland was serving a warrant.

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted the news, and said: "We pray for the family of the San Marcos police officer killed in the line of duty". The suspect allegedly opened fire on the officer shooting several times, according to KSAT ABC12. The suspect was shot during the standoff and has been transported to an Austin hospital.

Once medically stable, Chief Stapp said the suspect will be taken into custody. "They are simply trying to protect us from harm", said City Manager Bert Lumbreras. He is survived by his wife and four children, according to Dallas News.

City leaders also say they're committed to celebrating Officer Copeland's life and legacy.

Describing Officer Copeland as a hero, the chief said his officer worked just about every day off, "to provide for his kids and because he knows we're short-handed and need the help".

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

A nearby elementary school was placed on lock down and students who were outside at the time waiting to be picked up were brought back inside the building. We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day.

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.