Published: Wed, December 06, 2017
Culture&Arts | By Darrell Mcdonald

Fallen police officer escorted from Austin to San Marcos funeral home

Fallen police officer escorted from Austin to San Marcos funeral home

Drivers along Interstate 35 from Austin to San Marcos will notice a large presence of first responders Tuesday afternoon as they move fallen Officer Kenneth Copeland's body from the morgue to the funeral home. Police have not yet disclosed the condition of the suspect.

"As the San Marcos community and Police Department continue to mourn the tragic death of officer Kenneth Copeland, I've ordered Texas flags to be lowered in remembrance of his courage and bravery", said Abbott. He was rushed to Central Texas Medical Center where he died from his wounds.

A suspect is in custody following a standoff with the San Marcos/Hays County SWAT. It's unknown if the injury was from an officer's gun or his own. The officer was reported to be with other officers while serving the warrant. He was pronounced dead shortly before 4 p.m. "Ken's a hero", Stapp said. "He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows that we're shorthanded", Stapp added. He is survived by his wife and four children, according to Dallas News.

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Despite wearing protective gear, the shots struck the officer. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him", according to ABC affiliate KUVE.

"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened. I think you have to say it is a one-off". "We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day".

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