Texas police officer officer killed in ‘ambush-type' shooting

SAN MARCOS, TX - UPDATE: 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.

Copeland, who had a wife and four children, was working on what would have been his day off, serving an arrest warrant for a violent crime around 2:23 p.m., Chief of Police Chase Stapp said in an emotional news conference Monday evening.



A police officer has been shot and killed in San Marcos while serving a warrant, the Police Department confirmed Monday afternoon. The suspect was also shot during a standoff with San Marcos/Hays County SWAT and taken to an Austin hospital.

The officer, who has not been identified, was shot in the El Camino Real subdivision, about two miles south of downtown San Marcos. Police say the officer was shot multiple times and he was wearing his protective vest.

The officer was taken to Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos and pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m.

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