San Marcos Police Officer Fatally Shot Serving Warrant, Suspect in Custody

San Marcos Police Officer Fatally Shot Serving Warrant, Suspect in Custody

After a press conference was held late Monday, we learned that Ken Copeland was the first officer killed in the line of duty in the city's history - That's the reason the police chief says they're not accustomed to this.

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

The suspect is said to be in an Austin-area hospital.

The officer, who has not been identified, was shot in the El Camino Real subdivision, about two miles south of downtown San Marcos. The suspect allegedly opened fire on the officer shooting several times, according to KSAT ABC12. He was rushed to the Central Texas Medical Center immediately and was later pronounced dead around 3:50 p.m. EST, police said. He is survived by his wife and four children, according to Dallas News. He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows we're shorthanded and we need the help. The chief declined to offer further details about the nature of the shooting or the arrest warrant Copeland was serving. Officials said that though he was wearing a protective vest, Copeland later succumbed to his wounds at Central Texas Medical Center. "I ask that all Texans continue to join Cecilia and I in prayer for officer Copeland's family during this hard time". The men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect and to serve our communities, and we will never forget their sacrifices. We have to appreciate the fine men and women that are out there serving the public's interest.

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