Public invited to honor slain San Marcos officer
Those unable to attend Kenneth M. Copeland’s funeral, but still wanting to honor the San Marcos police officer slain Dec. 4, are invited to stand along roads and on overpasses for the passage of the funeral procession on Wednesday as it travels down Interstate 35 and across Loop 1604.
The hearse is slated to leave Thomason Funeral Home in San Marcos at 8 a.m. Wednesday, proceeding down RR 12 to Wonder World Drive and then heading south on I-35 en route to the Community Bible Church at 2477 Loop 1604 in San Antonio.
“The procession is limited to City of San Marcos emergency response vehicles and predetermined assist units — all other agencies are asked to pay their respects along the route and/or meet at the church,” says a release issued Monday by Kristy Stark, the city’s communications director. “Overpasses along the route are recommended for these purposes.”
Copeland, 58, was among several officers trying to arrest a local man on a domestic violence charge when the suspect opened fire and fatally wounded him. A capital murder charge has been filed over Copeland’s death against Stewart T. Mettz, 51, who was wounded in the shooting.
A New Braunfels resident, Copeland, is survived by wife Sheila and their two sets of twin sons, Nile and Noah, 13, and James and Jonah, 10.
The public is invited to the visitation, to be held from 2 p.m. to 10 p.m. on Tuesday, at the funeral home at 2001 Old RR 12, San Marcos. The funeral service is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday at Community Bible Church. Interment is set to immediately follow on the church grounds.
Donations to the Copeland family can be made by delivering checks to the San Marcos Police Department, attention Brenda Pisana, 2300 S. IH-35, San Marcos, Tx. 78666.
The checks should be made payable to the San Marcos Citizen’s Police Academy Alumni Association (SMCPAAA), with the notation “Ken Copeland” in the memo line.