Slain Texas officer remembered as compassionate man

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SAN MARCOS, Texas (KWTX) A San Marcos police officer who was shot to death while serving a domestic violence warrant with other officers in a subdivision near an elementary school was remembered Wednesday as a compassionate man who loved being an officer and a father.

San Marcos Officer Kenneth Copeland. (San Marcos Police Dept. photo)

Officer Kenneth Copeland, a 19-year veteran of the San Marcos Police Department, was killed on Dec. 4.

His funeral was held Wednesday in San Antonio.

Speaking during the funeral at Community Bible Church in San Antonio, friend Jeff Caldwell said Copeland had a smile that "was larger than life."

A procession of emergency vehicles escorted Copeland's body from a funeral home in San Marcos to the church in San Antonio, about 50 miles southwest of San Marcos.

Donations in honor of the fallen officer may be made to the San Marcos Police Department’s Blue Santa program. Checks should be payable to the San Marcos Police Department and “Copeland Blue Santa” should be written in the memo line. Checks may be mailed to the San Marcos Police Dept., attn: Brenda Pisana, 2300 South Interstate 35, San Marcos, TX 78666.

Donations may also be made to the 100 Club of Central Texas

The day after the shooting, Gov. Greg Abbott Tuesday ordered Texas flags lowered to half-staff in honor of the officer.

Flags will remain at half-staff through sunset Wednesday.

Stewart Thomas Mettz, 51, has been charged with capital murder in the officer’s death.

The Robinson Police Department sent three members of its honor guard to San Marcos, where the department’s former chief, Rusty Smith, worked for 21 years before moving to Robinson.