A Texas police officer is shot dead today in San Marcos

What We Know About the Man Accused of Killing San Marcos Officer

What We Know About the Man Accused of Killing San Marcos Officer

Gov. Greg Abbott has ordered all Texas flags in San Marcos and surrounding cities to half-staff in honor of Officer Kenneth Copeland, who was killed during an ambush-style shooting on Monday while he was serving a warrant. The suspect was shot during the standoff and has been transported to an Austin hospital.

Chief Stapp said it's unclear if the suspect's injuries were self-inflicted or if he was shot by an officer. They described him as a hard-working and well-liked member of the department and said he leaves behind a wife and four children.

Describing Officer Copeland as a hero, the chief said his officer worked just about every day off, "to provide for his kids and because he knows we're short-handed and need the help".

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"We have to band together". We have to appreciate the fine men and women that are out there serving the public's interest.

Despite wearing protective gear, the shots struck the officer.

Neighbors in the El Camino Real neighborhood expressed their sadness Monday that this had happened in their neighborhood.

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"Obviously, the individual overreacted ridiculously", he said". "I think you have to say it is a one-off". 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.

"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened".

This is a developing story and will be updated with further information as it becomes available.

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