San Marcos officer shot to death while serving warrant

A thin blue line has been added to the San Marcos police badge in the department's lobby.

San Marcos officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, was killed in the line of duty Monday when he was shot multiple times while serving a warrant.

Shortly after the officers arrived in the El Camino Real subdivision, the male suspect - who has not been identified - began firing at the officers, "much like in an ambush type of situation", Chief Stapp said.

The suspect was also taken to a hospital after he was shot during a standoff with police.

Courtesy of Google Maps
Courtesy of Google Maps

It was unclear, he said, if the wound was self-inflicted or the result of police gunfire. They described him as a hard-working and well-liked member of the department and said he leaves behind a wife and four children. The chief declined to offer further details about the nature of the shooting or the arrest warrant Copeland was serving. He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids and because he knows that we're short-handed and need the help.

City Manager Bert Lumbreras lamented similar notes as Stapp, commending Copeland on his service to the San Marcos community. As the mayor noted we have to band together. "We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day".

Despite wearing protective gear, the shots struck the officer. "Unfortunately and tragically he lost his life".

Block said the neighbors, for the most part, got along and this would be a hard blow for the residents to move past. According to court documents, Mettz called his mother-in-law after an incident on November 25 and said, "You had better not file charges or you know what will happen". "Please join Angela and me as we pray for the officer's family, the people of San Marcos, and for our law enforcement officers around the state".

  • Rogelio Becker