San Marcos police release photo of cop-killing suspect as funeral plans announced

Stewart Thomas Mettz is accused of killing San Marcos police officer Kenneth Copeland (Photo: San Marcos Police Department)

The Hays County Jail has released a driver's license photo of the suspect accused of killing a San Marcos Police officer on Monday.

The Hays County District Attorney’s Office says Stewart Mettz was charged with capital murder in the shooting death of Officer Ken Copeland.

According to an affidavit, officer Copeland and other officers approached Mettz’s residence and knocked on the front door. All officers, including Officer Ken Copeland, were wearing distinctive police uniforms and were operating fully marked police vehicles.

According to court documents, Mettz opened up the front door and began firing an unknown caliber firearm at the officers.

According to the affidavit, the officers returned fire and Officer Copeland was struck by Mettz’s gunfire. The officers extricated Officer Copeland from the scene to the hospital.

Copeland died as results of the gunshot injuries.

The officers observed that the suspect had a gunshot wound to his left side. First aid was provided to Mettz by San Marcos Fire Marshall.

When Mettz was taken into custody, he stated that he knew he shot a police officer approximately two times in the chest, according to the affidavit.

Stewart Thomas Mettz is charged with capital murder by intentionally causing the death of San Marcos Police Officer Kenneth Copeland.


Funeral plans announced for officer killed in the line of duty

SAN MARCOS, Texas (AP) -- Services are scheduled next week for a Texas police officer who was fatally shot while trying to serve a warrant on a domestic violence suspect.

San Marcos police say Officer Kenneth Copeland's funeral will be Wednesday at Community Bible Church in San Antonio. Interment follows on the church grounds.

Copeland was shot Monday. Authorities say an officer returned fire and shot Stewart Thomas Mettz, who was transported to a hospital where he remained Thursday in law enforcement custody. His condition wasn't disclosed.

Officials say Mettz has been charged with capital murder of a peace officer and ordered held without bond. He's also charged with family violence assault and injury to an elderly person for allegedly attacking his wife and mother-in-law.

Online records don't list an attorney to speak for Mettz.

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