SAN ANTONIO – A Texas police officer who was fatally shot last week was a compassionate man who loved a police officer and a father, mourners remembered Wednesday at his funeral.
Kenneth Copeland, a San Marcos officer, was killed Dec. 4 while serving a warrant on a domestic violence suspect.
A friend of Copeland’s, Jeff Caldwell, told those attending the service at the Community Bible Church in San Antonio that Copeland was a “great man.”
“His smile was larger than life,” said Caldwell, who added, “Ken loved his boys and he loved a father.”
He said that Copeland, an avid collector of various items, including Coca-Cola memorabilia, was always looking for a way to connect with other people.
“If he saw that you were hungry, he would feed you,” Caldwell said.
A procession of emergency vehicles accompanied Copeland the body of a funeral home in San Marcos for the church, about 50 miles (80 kilometers) away.
Copeland, 58, had been with the San Marcos Police Department for 19 years. He is survived by his wife and four sons — 13-year-old twins and 10-year-old twins.
The man is suspected of shooting Copeland is charged with the capital murder of a peace officer. He is also confronted with the charges of violence within the family, assault and injury to an elderly person for allegedly attacking his wife and the mother-in-law.