- San Marcos Police Department
According to San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp, Copeland was working on his day off when he and several other officers delivered the warrant to a home in the El Camino Real subdivision. 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. He was pronounced dead around 4 p.m.
After a standoff with the officers called to the scene, the suspect eventually surrendered and was taken into custody with a gunshot would that was not life-threatening. It's unknown if the injury was from an officer's gun or his own.
It's also unclear if the suspect who shot Copeland was also the subject of the arrest warrant.
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.
"Ken's a hero," Stapp said. "He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows we're shorthanded and need the help."
Copeland leaves behind a wife and four children.