A San Marcos, Texas, police officer attempted to serve a warrant on a suspect in the El Camino Real subdivision. A short time later the paper reported that the suspect was in custody.
"Shortly after their arrival, it appears that this individual began firing at the officers", Stapp said.
The San Marcos Consolidated Independent School District says four area schools were placed on lockdown after the shooting; however, the incident happened after school was dismissed for the day at 3 p.m. The charge was for a violent crime, but Stapp did not provide the exact charge or the name of the shooting suspect.
Copeland, who was wearing his protective vest, was taken to Central Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead.
During the press conference Stapp said Copeland served the San Marcos Police Department for 19-years.
According to police the suspect surrendered during the SWAT standoff. It was unclear, he said, if the wound was self-inflicted or the result of police gunfire.
"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened". "We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day #BackTheBlue". The city of San Marcos is a family business, and Officer Copeland was a member of our family.
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