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San Marcos officer fatally shot while serving arrest warrant

San Marcos officer fatally shot while serving arrest warrant

Court records show the person who San Marcos police officers were serving a warrant on when shots rang out was Stewart Thomas Mettz.

A suspect has been taken into custody after a police officer in San Marcos, Texas, was shot and killed Monday afternoon while he was serving a warrant, authorities said.

Another officer rushed Copeland to the Central Texas Medical Center in San Marcos, where medical staff worked to save his life. The officer was wearing his protective vest and was transported to Central Texas Medical Center immediately.

Chief Stapp said the loss of Officer Copeland is painful for many in the police department.

The suspect was also taken to a hospital after he was shot during a standoff with police. However, it was unclear if he was injured from a self-inflicted wound or the police gunfire.

Officials did not disclose the identity of the suspect nor the charge for which he was wanted. A spokesperson for St. David's South Austin Medical Center says Mettz is now in fair condition as of Tuesday morning. "I ask that all Texans continue to join Cecilia and I in prayer for officer Copeland's family during this hard time". His fellow officers put him in a patrol vehicle and rushed him to the Central Texas Medical Center. He was declared dead a short time later.

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The San Marcos Police Department and Hays County Sheriff's Office is reportedly on scene. "They are simply trying to protect us from harm", said City Manager Bert Lumbreras. He was treated for the injury at a hospital in Austin, about 30 miles northeast of San Marcos. Copeland leaves behind a wife and four children.

"Ken's a hero", Stapp told reporters.

"His picture's hanging in different parts of this Police Department because everybody loved him".

Gov. Greg Abbott issued his condolences to the slain cop's family and promised the shooter will receive "swift justice".

We pray for the family of the San Marcos police officer killed in the line of duty. "We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day".