A Texas police officer has died after being shot multiple times by a suspect while serving a warrant. The suspect shot and killed Copeland, 58, in what the police department called an "ambush-style situation".
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Copeland, who was wearing a protective vest, was struck several times.
The officer was pronounced deceased at 3:50 p.m.by Justice of the Peace Joann Prado. 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. It's unknown if the injury was from an officer's gun or his own.
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"Ken's a hero. Today was his day off". He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows that we're short-handed and need the help. Copeland leaves behind a wife and four children. "His picture's hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody here loved him". "They're simply trying to protect us from harm and that's what officer Copeland was doing today", said Lumbreras. We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day.
The school was locked down after the shooting.
"I can tell you, I saw a lot of crying", he said. "There's only a few that really mesh with our environment, and Ken Copeland was so highly respected".
The officer is the 119th law enforcement official to be killed in the line of duty this year, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.