Texas cop killed while working on his day off (videos)

BY ANNETA GRIFFEE / DECEMBER 4, 2017 /

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A Texas police officer who was working on his day off, was shot and killed Monday afternoon while serving a warrant, San Marcos police reported.

Officer Ken Copeland, 58, who had been a member of the San Marcos Police Department since March 1998, was serving a warrant Monday afternoon, when he and other officers were shot at in an ambush-type situation, which occurred near an elementary school.

The police chief said in a press conference Monday night that Copeland, who was a husband and father of four, “worked just about every day off to provide for his kids.”

Although he was wearing a protective vest, he was struck multiple times by gunfire and rushed to the Central Texas Medical Center where he was pronounced dead at 3:50 p.m.

Police Chief Chase Staff said Copeland was the first officer from the department to be killed in the line of duty.

The suspect was also shot during the incident, and taken to a hospital in Austin.

Texas Gov. Gregg Abbott said in a statement released on Twitter, “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.”