Officials release image of suspect in San Marcos officer shooting

Lester Mason
December 8, 2017

Police have released the identity of their suspect in the fatal shooting of a Central Texas officer who was serving a warrant for his arrest.

Police returned fire and pulled Copeland out of harm's way after he was shot, according to the document. His wife told detectives that her husband assaulted her because they got into a fight over the ownership of their dogs.

The two women told police that they never reported any incidents because they were scared of Mettz, who is still in an Austin hospital recovering from a gunshot wound.

San Marcos police say Officer Kenneth Copeland's funeral will be Wednesday at Community Bible Church in San Antonio.


Officer Kenneth Copeland, 58, was serving a search warrant for Stewart Thomas Metz in the El Camino subdivision when the shootout began. The results of the autopsy are still pending.

At a news conference, Police Chief Chase Stapp said Copeland had been with the department for 19 years.

Checks and cash can be dropped off or mailed to the San Marcos Police Department, Attn. He also served as a Los Angeles County sheriff's deputy from 1990 to 1995, and was a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. Copeland was still in the reserves at the time of his death, and held the rank of E6, petty officer first class.

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