San Marcos officer killed in the line of duty: What we know

His fellow officers put him in a patrol auto and rushed him to the Central Texas Medical Center.

San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland died Monday afternoon while serving an arrest warrant in a violent crime case.

According to the police, Copeland was wearing ballistic armor and he was struck multiple times. At a Monday night press conference, Stapp told reporters that Copeland had served with the U.S. Coast Guard and had been with the department for 19 years.

Stapp said, "He did later come out and surrender to officers and has been taken into custody".

San Marcos officer Ken Copeland was killed after the suspect shot him multiple times, CBS Dallas reported.

Police officials identified the deceased officer as San Marcos Police Officer Kenneth Copeland, KXAN News tweeted.

A Hays County SWAT team assisted the San Marcos Police Department during the standoff with the suspect, officials stated.

According to arrest warrants, Copeland went to the house of 51-year-old Stewart Thomas Mettz to serve a domestic violence warrant when he was shot several times. He was rushed to the Central Texas Medical Center immediately and was later pronounced dead around 3:50 p.m. EST, police said.

The community is still grieving the loss of its first officer killed in the line of duty. He said he saw another officer grab the injured officer by the back of his shirt and pull him into a patrol auto. "They are a part of our family as well and they did a great job".

"Cecilia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the officer's family and to the entire San Marcos Police Department".

"Ken's a hero. Today was his day off". "His picture's hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody here loved him".

"Today we grieve for the family of the fallen San Marcos police officer, and we vow swift justice for the killer", the governor said. He leaves behind a wife and four sons.

Vanessa Coleman

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