Copeland, who was the first San Marcos officer to be killed in the line of duty, was taken to Central Texas Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.
A San Marcos, Texas, police officer attempted to serve a warrant on a suspect in the El Camino Real subdivision.
San Marcos city manager Bert Lumbreras said at the news conference that Copeland's colleagues were emotional after the shooting. It was not immediately known whether the suspect shot himself or was shot by an officer on the scene, Stapp said. It is not known if the suspect's gunshot wound was self-inflicted or if police shot him.
On Monday afternoon, a man fatally shot a San Marcos police officer.
The suspect was shot during a standoff with the San Marcos/Hays County SWAT team and was taken to an Austin hospital, police said.
According to the release, the officer was serving the warrant with other officers and was wearing a protective vest. Copeland was taken away from the scene to Central Texas Medical Center, where he died a short time afterward from his injuries.
Copeland is the sixth law enforcement officer to die from gunfire in Texas this year, according to statistics from the Officer Down Memorial Page.
Copeland, who joined the San Marcos Police Department March 30, 1998, had served on the department for 19 years and 9 months. He said, "Shortly after their arrival, it appears this individual began firing at the officers much like in an ambush-type situation". "Ken's a hero", Stapp said.
"Ken's a hero. Today was his day off". They described him as a hard-working and well-liked member of the department and said he leaves behind a wife and four children. "They are a part of our family as well and they did a great job".
Law enforcement and Fire agencies from the area will contribute vehicles, drape banners and flags from overpasses along the route in honor of the fallen officer.
"Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer's murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened".