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Police officer shot dead while serving warrant in Central Texas

Police officer shot dead while serving warrant in Central Texas

The San Marcos police officer shot and killed Monday afternoon has been identified as 58-year-old Kenneth Copeland, in what has become the first officer killed in the line of duty in the Police Department's history.

A San Marcos police officer is dead after being shot while serving a warrant Monday, police say.

Officer Copeland was hit multiple times and rushed by a fellow police officer to Central Texas Medical Center in the back of a police auto.

A press conference is scheduled for 6 p.m.

"I want to offer my thanks to all the members of Central Texas Medical Center who tried very hard to save Ken's life", Chief Stapp said.




Officials did not disclose the identity of the suspect nor the charge for which he was wanted. "They are a part of our family as well and they did a great job".

The suspect was also taken to a hospital after he was shot during a standoff with police.

The officer was wearing a protective vest and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center but died shortly after police said. The suspect is reported to have open fired on the officers.

The shooting was said to have occurred near Bowie Elementary School in Texas.

Chief Stapp said the loss of Officer Copeland is painful for many in the police department. San Marcos police wouldn't specify the type of warrant the suspect was served. We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day. Cecilia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the officer's family and to the entire San Marcos Police Department. As this story is developing, elements may change.