Copeland was the first SMPD officer to be killed in the line of duty in the history of the department.
While out serving a warrant December 4, San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland was killed after a man allegedly shot him multiple times.
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.
Chief Stapp said the loss of Officer Copeland is painful for many in the police department. It was not immediately known whether the suspect shot himself or was shot by an officer on the scene, Stapp said.
Officials said all of the officers were wearing distinctive police uniforms with their badges clearly displayed.
Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, a veteran who has been with San Marcos Police Department since March 1998, was working on his day off and serving a warrant in the El Camino Real sub division when he was fatally shot at 2:23 p.m. EST, police chief Chase Stapp confirmed during a press conference Monday night.
Neighbors of the suspect in the shooting of a San Marcos police officer after an hours-long standoff said that they were horrified to learn it happened so close.
Regarding police officers killed in the line of duty, ambush attacks account for the most, according to the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened", said Attorney General Ken Paxton in a statement, "Officers around our state courageously serve and deserve our utmost honor and respect, especially during this time". He said he saw another officer grab the injured officer by the back of his shirt and pull him into a patrol vehicle. "Ken's a hero", Stapp said. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everybody loved him". He is survived by his wife and four children, according to Dallas News.
"There's a lot of great officers", Higgins said.
Gov. Greg Abbott issued his condolences to the slain cop's family and promised the shooter will receive "swift justice".