SAN MARCOS, Texas – Police have revealed the identity of an officer shot and killed while serving a warrant in Central Texas.
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.
The statement says Copeland was wearing a protective vest at the time of the shooting.
At a news conference, Police Chief Chase Stapp said Copeland had been with the department for 19 years.
Stapp said the suspect, who also had at least one gunshot wound, surrendered after a brief standoff and was taken to a hospital. Stapp said it was unclear if the wound was self-inflicted or inflicted by police gunfire.
Gov. Greg Abbott released the following statement on the shooting:
"Today we grieve for the family of the fallen San Marcos police officer, and we vow swift justice for the killer. 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. Cecilia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the officer’s family and to the entire San Marcos Police Department."
Heaven gained another fallen hero tonight, and @ChiefCStapp , Members of his team, and Officer Copeland‘s family are left to mourn and face the aftermath of his loss. We will always stand with our brothers and sisters in the community who so bravely serve. May he rest in peace. pic.twitter.com/icyqrPs7up— Chief Art Acevedo (@ArtAcevedo) December 5, 2017