San Marcos Police Officer Killed While Serving Warrant

San Marcos police officer shot and killed while serving warrant

A San Marcos, Texas, police officer attempted to serve a warrant on a suspect in the El Camino Real subdivision. Police have not yet disclosed the condition of the suspect.

He was the first officer in San Marcos to be killed in the line of duty.

In response to the shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott said on Twitter, "We pray for the family of the San Marcos police officer killed in the line of duty".

Copeland, who was wearing his protective vest, was taken to Central Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. It's unknown if the injury was from an officer's gun or his own.

City leaders also say they're committed to celebrating Officer Copeland's life and legacy.

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The escort will leave Austin at approximately 3:30 p.m. and travel southbound on I-35 to Wonder World Drive, then on to RR 12.

Chief Stapp said the loss of Officer Copeland is painful for many in the police department. He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows we're shorthanded and we need the help. He is survived by his wife and four children, according to Dallas News. "His picture's hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody here loved him". It was not immediately known whether the suspect shot himself or was shot by an officer on the scene, Stapp said.

The school was locked down after the shooting. Cecilia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the officer's family and to the entire San Marcos Police Department.

"I can tell you, I saw a lot of crying", he said.

Copeland is the sixth law enforcement officer to die from gunfire in Texas this year, according to statistics from the Officer Down Memorial Page. We have to appreciate the fine men and women that are out there serving the public's interest.

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