Arrest warrant issued for man accused of fatally shooting San Marcos officer

(SBG San Antonio photo)

Investigators issued an arrest warrant for 51-year-old Stewart Thomas Mettz in connection to a San Marcos officer's shooting death Monday afternoon.

Officer Kenneth Copeland was killed while he and other officers were serving Mettz a separate arrest warrant and Mettz opened fire. Mettz was later arrested after a short standoff with San Marcos officers and a Hays County SWAT team. He is currently hospitalized for gunshot wounds suffered during the standoff.

On Tuesday, Copeland's body was escorted from Austin to a San Marcos funeral home.

Although an arrest warrant has been issued, Mettz is not formally charged in Copeland's death.

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