A statement issued by San Marcos, Texas, officials said 58-year-old Officer Kenneth Copeland died Monday afternoon after being shot multiple times by a suspect while Copeland was serving a warrant.
"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.
The San Marcos police department say they are dealing with this as best as they can. The suspect was also shot at during the incident and was taken to a hospital in Austin, police said.
"I want to offer my thanks to all of the members of the Central Texas Medical Center who tried very hard to save Ken's life", said Chief Stapp.More news: Check out these brilliant photos of the December supermoon
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The suspect is said to be in an Austin-area hospital.
The San Marcos Daily Record reported at 4 p.m. that the shooter was barricaded inside the home and a SWAT team had been called in to help. "His picture is hanging in different parts of this police department because everyone here loved him", said Chief Stapp. "They are simply trying to protect us from harm", said City Manager Bert Lumbreras. Children who were on school buses getting ready to leave for the day were brought back inside. We have to appreciate the fine men and women that are out there serving the public's interest.
In a separate statement, the governor said, "Today we grieve for the family of the fallen San Marcos police officer, and we vow swift justice for the killer".
This is a developing story and will be updated with further information as it becomes available.