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

Officer shot multiple times serving an arrest warrant; suspect reportedly taken into custody

A Texas police officer has died after being shot multiple times by a suspect while serving a warrant.

A San Marcos city official said the officer, identified as 58-year-old Kenneth Copeland, died Monday afternoon following the altercation in San Marcos, about 30 miles south of Austin, Texas.

The San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp said Copeland had been with the department for 19 years.

A San Marcos police officer is dead after being shot while serving a warrant Monday, police say.

A news release from the city says a suspect is in custody and is being treated for a gunshot wound after a standoff with SWAT members from the San Marcos police and Hays County Sheriff's Office. Right now it's unclear if the wound was self-inflicted or if the suspect was shot by police.

According to the release, the officer was serving the warrant with other officers and was wearing a protective vest. He died from his injuries about 3:50 p.m. after being transported to the Central Texas Medical Center.

Texas Governor Greg Abbott released a statement shortly after the shooting happened.

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