A police officer was fatally shot Monday afternoon while serving a warrant in San Marcos, about 30 miles south of
Several officers were serving the warrant in the El Camino Real subdivision when the gunman started shooting, “much like an ambush-style situation,” San Marcos police Chief Chase Stapp said at a news conference.
Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, who was wearing a protective vest, was struck multiple times. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m.
Copeland’s shooter was shot during a standoff and taken to an Austin hospital for treatment.
Authorities have not released the name of the suspect.
Gov. Greg Abbott offered his condolences in a written statement.
“Today we grieve for the family of the fallen San Marcos police officer, and we vow swift justice for the killer,” Abbott said. “The men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect and to serve our communities, and we will never forget their sacrifices.”
Stapp said Copeland is survived by a wife and four children.
“Ken was a hero,” Stapp said. “Today was his day off. He worked just about every day off — to provide for his kids and because he knew we were short-handed and we need the help.”