He was rushed to Central Texas Medical Center where he died from his wounds.
The officer - who was wearing a protective vest - was with "other SMPD officers" when someone "shot him multiple times". Stapp said that police officers pulled Copeland out of the area. It was not immediately known whether the suspect shot himself or was shot by an officer on the scene, Stapp said. However, it was unclear if he was injured from a self-inflicted wound or the police gunfire.
Tuesday afternoon, court documents identified the man who was being served warrants when he allegedly shot Officer Copeland.
A Hays County SWAT team assisted the San Marcos Police Department during the standoff with the suspect, officials stated.
Regarding police officers killed in the line of duty, ambush attacks account for the most, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "We talked to them a couple times, and completely normal", said neighbor Stephanie McGlothlin.
The body of Officer Kenneth Copeland is back in San Marcos after being transported from the medical examiner's officer in Austin.
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"Ken's a hero. Today was his day off".
Gov. Greg Abbott issued his condolences to the slain cop's family and promised the shooter will receive "swift justice".
"Today was his day off". "His picture's hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody here loved him". "They are a part of our family as well and they did a great job". He leaves behind a wife and four children.
A suspect is in custody following a shootout with law enforcement.
Copeland was working on his day off, earning a little extra money for his family, the day he died.
Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, was a 19-year veteran of the San Marcos Police Department, said Police Chief Chase Stapp at a news conference and the first time an officer from the force has been killed.