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A police officer was fatally shot Monday afternoon while serving a warrant in San Marcos, about 30 miles south of Austin.

Several officers were serving the warrant in the El Camino Real subdivision when the gunman started shooting, “much like an ambush-style situation,” San Marcos police Chief Chase Stapp said at a news conference.

Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, who was wearing a protective vest, was struck multiple times. He was rushed to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m.

Copeland’s shooter was shot during a standoff and taken to an Austin hospital for treatment.

Authorities have not released the name of the suspect.

It was the first line-of-duty death in the history of the San Marcos department.

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott tweeted the news, and said: “We pray for the family of the San Marcos police officer killed in the line of duty. We remember the sacrifices our men and women in law enforcement make every day. #BackTheBlue.”

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. The men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect and to serve our communities, and we will never forget their sacrifices.”

He added: “Cecilia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the officer’s family and to the entire San Marcos Police Department.”

Attorney General Ken Paxton said in a statement that he’s “deeply troubled and saddened” at the officer’s death, and added: “Officers around our state courageously serve and deserve our utmost honor and respect, especially during this time. 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.”

Stapp said Copeland is survived by a wife and four children.

“Ken’s a hero. Everybody here loved him,” Stapp said, noting that Copeland’s photo is hung throughout the police department.

Copeland was shot while working on his day off, the police chief added. “He worked just about every day off to provide for his kids.”

The new plague sweeping our nation shows younger generations celebrating when they see an Officer killed on duty.

I have seen more posts about hate and spite against our LEO on social media and am ashamed of my fellow Americans, when they speak of hate and killing of our Officers.

All they can see is a uniform and badge that pulls them over when they break traffic laws, an intimidating figure that enforces laws when they break the law.

What I see, are men and women who volunteer to “Serve and Protect” the civilians of this nation.  They see and deal with the bottom gutter trash of society on a daily basis as well as violent and horrific scenes that seem inhumane on every level.

People tend to forget that LEO do not make the LAWS that civilians are so against, Officers do not sit and figure out how to ruin people’s days by handing out random tickets.

There are a very small percentage of Officers that disgrace the uniform, as with any profession that requires self sacrifice and the protection of the innocent.

Next time you see an officer, thank them for their sacrifice and see them as a person who holds life as a precious commodity worth saving, even if it means sacrificing your own life to save another’s.

Rest easy Blue, your duty has come to end and your brothers and sisters will continue the watch, to Serve and Protect.


 Huny Badger is a Veteran who served our country as an Army Combat Medic.



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