The San Marcos police officer shot and killed Monday afternoon has been identified as 58-year-old Kenneth Copeland, in what has become the first officer killed in the line of duty in the Police Department's history.
Officer Copeland was said to be wearing a protective vest at the time and was taken to central Texas medical center. The unidentified suspect shot at all officers on the scene, but Copeland was the only one hit - and the bullets struck parts of his body unprotected by body armor.
"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened", Paxton said. He will be placed back into police custody when he is medically stable.
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. Copeland leaves behind a wife and four children. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him", said Chief Stapp.
City leaders also say they're committed to celebrating Officer Copeland's life and legacy. "They are simply trying to protect us from harm", said City Manager Bert Lumbreras. We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day. Cecilia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the officer's family and to the entire San Marcos Police Department. "There's only a few that really mesh with our environment, and Ken Copeland was so highly respected".