He was rushed to Central Texas Medical Center after officers were able to pull him from the scene.
A San Marcos police officer is dead after being shot while serving a warrant Monday, police say.
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. The suspect eventually came out of his house and surrendered to officers, but suffered a gunshot wound.
Officials said all of the officers were wearing distinctive police uniforms with their badges clearly displayed.
He and other officers were serving the warrant in a subdivision around 2:23 p.m. local time when a suspect opened fire on them "much like in an ambush type of situation", said San Marcos Chief of Police Chase Stapp at a news conference Monday evening.
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. It's also unclear if the suspect who shot Copeland was also the subject of the arrest warrant.
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"Today was his day off". "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him".
The body of Officer Kenneth Copeland is back in San Marcos after being transported from the medical examiner's officer in Austin.
San Marcos Police Chief Stapp said Copeland was the first officer in the city's history to be killed in the line of duty. The men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect and to serve our communities, and we will never forget their sacrifices. "Cecilia [Abbott's wife] and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the officer's family and to the entire San Marcos Police Department".
Officer Copeland is survived by his wife, Sheila, and four sons, Nile, Noah, James, and Jonah.
"There's a lot of great officers", Higgins said.