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Arrest Warrant Issued in SMPD Cop Killing

San Marcos Police have issued an arrest warrant for the man they say fatally shot Officer Kenneth Copeland Monday afternoon.

The warrant names Stewart Thomas Mettz (09/18/1966), who remains in an Austin hospital under medical care.

He has not yet been charged in the shooting death of Copeland who, along with other police officers, was serving a separate arrest warrant on Mettz at his home in the El Camino Real neighborhood Monday afternoon.  According to SMPD, Mettz was going to be arrested for both family violence assault and injuring the elderly.  Both Mettz wife and his mother-in-law say he assaulted them in the weeks leading up to the shooting, at one point allegedly dragging his mother-in-law by the neck across a bedroom floor.

Copeland was fatally shot, and Mettz was arrested after a short standoff with San Marcos/Hays County SWAT. Mettz is currently hospitalized for a gunshot wound he incurred during the incident. 

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