SMPD Officer shot, killed in line of duty

Danny Woods
December 6, 2017

On Monday afternoon an officer serving a warrant in the El Camino Real subdivision was shot multiple times and killed said police. The suspect shot and killed Copeland, 58, in what the police department called an "ambush-style situation".

The body of San Marcos' first police officer killed in the line of duty was taken to a funeral home in San Marcos Tuesday afternoon.

At a news conference, Police Chief Chase Stapp said Copeland had been with the department for 19 years.

The officer, who was wearing body armor at the time of the shooting, succumbed to his injuries at a hospital.

A suspect was taken into custody after he surrendered to law enforcement following the shootout. The officer was reported to be with other officers while serving the warrant.

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"Ken's a hero. Today was his day off". "He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows we're shorthanded and need the help". Copeland is succeeded by his wife and four sons. It was not immediately known whether the suspect shot himself or was shot by an officer on the scene, Stapp said. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him", according to ABC affiliate KUVE.

Gov. Greg Abbott issued his condolences to the slain cop's family and promised the shooter will receive "swift justice". We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day.

According to KXAN, Copeland was honored at a recent Cub Scouts program at one of the schools, Mendez Elementary.

"There's a lot of great officers", Higgins said.

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