San Marcos officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, was killed in the line of duty Monday when he was shot multiple times while serving a warrant.
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The suspect was shot during a standoff with the San Marcos/Hays County SWAT team and was taken to an Austin hospital, police said.
The officer, who has not been identified, was shot in the El Camino Real subdivision, about two miles south of downtown San Marcos. He was rushed to the Central Texas Medical Center immediately and was later pronounced dead around 3:50 p.m. EST, police said. Copeland leaves behind a wife and four children.
"Ken's a hero", Stapp told reporters.
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City leaders also say they're committed to celebrating Officer Copeland's life and legacy. "They're simply trying to protect us from harm and that's what officer Copeland was doing today", said Lumbreras.
Copeland, who was wearing a protective vest, was struck several times. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him", said Chief Stapp.
Gov. Greg Abbott issued his condolences to the slain cop's family and promised the shooter will receive "swift justice". "I ask that all Texans continue to join Cecilia and I in prayer for officer Copeland's family during this hard time". He will be placed back into police custody when he is medically stable.
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 remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day".