Texas officer shot to death while serving warrant

San Marcos Police Officer Fatally Shot Serving Warrant Suspect in Custody

City officials said the body of Officer Kenneth Copeland, who was shot multiple times while serving a warrant Monday, was escorted from Austin at 3:30 p.m.to the Thomason Funeral Home. Copeland was taken away from the scene to Central Texas Medical Center, where he died a short time afterward from his injuries.

Chief Stapp said the loss of Officer Copeland is painful for many in the police department. "Our hearts are broken from the loss of not only a dedicated officer but also a phenomenal person and father".

Police have revealed the identity of an officer shot and killed while serving a warrant in Central Texas.

A suspect is in custody after a police officer who was serving a warrant was fatally shot in Texas on Monday, authorities said.

When Mettz opened the door, he allegedly began firing from an "unknown caliber firearm", according to the arrest warrant. He was shot at some point during the standoff, although police said it wasn't clear whether he shot himself or was struck by one of the officers' bullets.

As of Wednesday, Mettz remains in the hospital in fair condition, hospital officials said. In 2016, 66 officers were killed by criminals, 17 of them in ambush situations. "I saw peoples' hearts ripped out".

The San Marcos Daily Record reported at 4 p.m. that the shooter was barricaded inside the home and a SWAT team had been called in to help.

Law enforcement and Fire agencies from the area will contribute vehicles, drape banners and flags from overpasses along the route in honor of the fallen officer.

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"Today was his day off". The shooting was said to have occurred near Bowie Elementary School in Texas. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him".

"This is a time of great loss and mourning for our community", said Mayor John Thomaides. "Our heartfelt sympathies go out to Officer's Copeland's family and fellow officers".

Attorney General Ken Paxton released a statement as well.

Police are not identifying the suspect until he can be taken before a judge and formally charged, Stapp said.

"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened".

Officer Copeland was only three months shy of being a 20-year veteran of the force.

Following the shooting, the officer's body was taken to the Travis County Medical Examiner's office.

He also served with the Corpus Christi sector of the U.S. Coast Guard in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. He leaves behind a wife and four children. Post your comments below.

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