San Marcos police honor fallen officer Kenneth Copeland on 2nd anniversary of his death


SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — The San Marcos Police Department held a memorial Wednesday for an officer killed in the line of duty in 2017.

Officer Kenneth Copeland was shot and killed while serving a warrant two years ago. He was the first officer killed while on patrol in the department’s history.

Copeland was remembered by fellow officers and community members in a memorial outside the San Marcos Police Station.

“What a sacrifice he made,” police chaplain pastor Jeff Latham said. “He had something in his heart that pulled him to a greater place than we are even here standing here today.”

The ceremony happened next to a tree planted in Copeland’s honor last year.

Stewart Mettz, 53, was indicted by a Hays County grand jury on capital murder in connection to Copeland’s death in 2018. Authorities say when Copeland went to serve a warrant for assault and injury to an elderly person, Mettz opened the door and fired at officers, hitting Copeland twice.

Copeland was rushed to the hospital, but later died.

A trial date for Mettz has not yet been set.

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