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New Hero Search Kenneth Copeland - Dec. 04, 2017 (29686)

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San Marcos Police Dept. Patch
Resided: New Braunfels (Comal County)
TX, USA
Born: Nov. 26, 1959  
Fallen: Dec. 04, 2017
Race/Sex: Caucasian Male / 58 yrs. of age
Agency
Dept: San Marcos Police Dept. - TX
2300 I-35  
San Marcos, TX   78666   USA
(512)753-2108
County: Hays
Dept. Type: Municipal/Police
Hero's Rank: Officer
Sworn Date: 3/1998
FBI Class: Homicide - Ambush
Weapon Class: Firearm
Agency URL: Click Here
Badge: 432
On The Job: 19 years
Bio: Officer Copeland was born in Houma, Terrebonne Parish, Louisiana and his family moved to Houston, Texas in 1971. Ken was a Police Officer for the San Marcos Police Department and had proudly served the department for almost twenty years.

Ken earned a Bachelor's Degree in Agriculture from Sam Houston State University in 1981. He was a member of the Delta Tau Alpha National Agricultural Honor Society and the Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity.

He worked as a corrections officer with the Texas Department of Corrections in Huntsville from 1982-1988, served as corrections officer with Santa Clara County, San Jose, CA 1988-1990, and was Deputy Sheriff with Los Angeles County Sheriff's Office 1990-1995.

After joining the San Marcos Police Department in March 1998, Officer Copeland took the oath of office on July 29, 1998, where he held a Master Peace Officer certification from TCOLE.

Ken enlisted in the United States Coast Guard on December 8, 1999, and served in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom. At the time of his death, Ken was still serving as an active reservist, assigned to Sector/Air Station Corpus Christi, TX. As a Maritime Enforcement Specialist 1st Class (ME1), he served as a Law Enforcement Boarding Officer providing port security.

Ken loved working with children as evidenced by his service to the scouting program. In 2017, he was awarded the San Marcos Police Department Chief's Recognition Award for his work as a den leader for the In-School Scouting Program Pack 35 at Mendez Elementary School in San Marcos.

His love, or more aptly described, addiction to Topo Chico mineral water, is well-known among his friends and family, along with his habit of keeping an iced cooler of Topo in the backseat of his patrol car to hand out to anyone he came in contact with during his shift.

Ken's smile, friendship and selfless service to his family and community will be missed by those who knew and loved him. Even many citizens who did not always see eye to eye with police officers loved Ken he was just that kind of person.

Survived by:
Children
Nile and Noah - 13 year-old twins; and James and Jonah - 10 year-old twins.

Sheila - Wife
Fatal Incident Summary
Offender: Stewart Thomas Mettz :: Caucasian / Male - 51 years old
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Location: El Camino Real   San Marcos, TX   USA   Mon. Dec. 04, 2017
Summary: Officer Ken Copeland was shot and killed while he and other officers attempted to serve a warrant in the El Camino Real neighborhood on a man wanted for a crime of violence.

The officers were ambushed at the man's home on Cottonwood Parkway, near Capistrano Drive. Officer Copeland, who was wearing a vest, was struck multiple times. He was transported in a patrol car to Central Texas Medical Center where he succumbed to his wounds.

The subject who shot him surrendered following a brief standoff, where he suffered a gunshot wound, with members of the regional SWAT team.

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