Neighbors recount moments surrounding deadly San Marcos officer shooting

Aerials of crime scene in San Marcos in the El Camino Real neighborhood where an officer was shot and killed on Dec. 4, 2017. (CNN)
Aerials of crime scene in San Marcos in the El Camino Real neighborhood where an officer was shot and killed on Dec. 4, 2017. (Photo via CNN)

SAN MARCOS, Texas (KXAN) — For people who live in the El Camino Real subdivision in San Marcos, Monday afternoon was met with a slew of of sirens and crime scene tape.

San Marcos Police Chief Chase Stapp says Officer Kenneth Copeland along with a “small contingent of officers” went to 177 Valero Dr. at 2:23 p.m. to serve a warrant. Shortly after the officers arrive, the male suspect began firing at the officers, “much like in an ambush type of situation,” Stapp said.

According to dispatch logs, the Hays County Sheriff’s Office was called to assist at the home at 2:47 p.m. One minute later, the SWAT team was called in to help.

One person who lives across the street from where the shooting happened said he saw Copeland lying in the yard in front of the suspect’s home. He said he saw another officer grab the injured officer by the back of his shirt and pull him into a patrol car.

Another neighbor who lives along Salas Drive tells KXAN his surveillance camera caught the audio from the incident. Adrian Carillo says he didn’t even think about looking at his surveillance camera until late Monday night.

While the camera wasn’t facing the direction where the incident happened, Carillo says you can hear a person say “I don’t want to be alive anymore” at 2:44 p.m. Carillo says at 2:45 p.m., seven shots can be heard. Around 3:27 p.m., he said his recording caught several more loud bangs.

“It really worried me because I’m a father of five,” says Carillo. He says many of the people in the neighborhood knew of Copeland and always thought of him as a “really nice cop.”

KXAN has received the audio recording, but has decided not to release it at this time. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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