Texas cop shot dead in line of duty while serving warrant

San Marcos Police Officer Fatally Shot Serving Warrant Suspect in Custody

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Mettz has not been charged in the shooting death of Officer Kenneth Copeland, who with some other officers, was serving a separate arrest warrant on Mettz at his home in the El Camino Real neighborhood Monday afternoon.

Copeland, who was the first San Marcos officer to be killed in the line of duty, was taken to Central Texas Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

The escort will travel southbound on I-35 to Wonder World Drive then onto Ranch Road 12 around 3:30 p.m.

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Stapp said it's still unclear if the suspect was shot during the SWAT standoff by an officer or if it was a self-inflicted. It's unknown if the injury was from an officer's gun or his own. He said he saw another officer grab the injured officer by the back of his shirt and pull him into a patrol vehicle. At a Monday night press conference, Stapp told reporters that Copeland had served with the U.S. Coast Guard and had been with the department for 19 years.

"Much like an ambush type of situation", said Stapp. "He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows we're shorthanded and 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". The chief declined to offer further details about the nature of the shooting or the arrest warrant Copeland was serving.

A suspect is in custody following a shootout with law enforcement.

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According to KXAN, Copeland was honored at a recent Cub Scouts program at one of the schools, Mendez Elementary.

Regarding police officers killed in the line of duty, ambush attacks account for the most, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation. "Please join Angela and me as we pray for the officer's family, the people of San Marcos, and for our law enforcement officers around the state".

Flags will remain at half-staff through sunset on the day of the officer's funeral, Abbott's order said.

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