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San Marcos Police officer shot, killed while serving warrant

Investigators say Officer Ken Copeland, who was wearing a protective vest, was shot multiple times during what they call and 'ambush situation.' He was immediately transported to a local hospital by another officer, where he was pronounced deceased at around 3:50 p.m. (Photo courtesy: San Marcos Police Department)

(KEYE) -- San Marcos Police say an officer was shot and killed Monday afternoon while serving a warrant.

Investigators said Officer Ken Copeland, who was wearing a protective vest, was shot multiple times during what they call an 'ambush situation.' He was immediately transported to a local hospital by another officer, where he was pronounced deceased at around 3:50 p.m.

It happened in the El Camino Real subdivision northeast of the Old Bastrop Road and Guadalupe Street intersection.

The suspect surrendered to police after a SWAT standoff. Investigators say he had been shot, but it's unclear if he was shot by police or if it was self-inflicted. He has since been taken to an Austin hospital for treatment.

Officer Copeland is survived by his wife and four children. He was an officer with the San Marcos Police Department since 1998.

This developing story will be updated.


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