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Three Texas officers shot, one dead after suspect ambushes them with a rifle

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Roberto Villalpando, Andy Sevilla

Austin American-Statesman

A San Marcos police officer was killed and two other officers were injured in a shooting Saturday, a San Marcos city official told the American-Statesman.

The official, who declined to identify themselves because they were not authorized to speak on the matter, confirmed that the officers were on a domestic disturbance call.

San Marcos city council member confirmed to KXAN-TV that the shooter who fired at police was also dead.

Police secured an area along Hunter Road from Reimer Avenue to McCarty Road just before 7:45 p.m. as they continued to investigate the incident.

Hays County Sheriff Gary Cutler had described the incident to KVUE-TV as an active shooter situation, and said the combined Hays County and San Marcos SWAT team responded.

Austin Police Chief Brian Manley said via Twitter that he was “heartbroken over the murder of a San Marcos Police Officer earlier this evening.”

“He was shot to death while investigating a disturbance call and two other San Marcos officers were also shot and critically wounded,” Manley wrote. “Prayers to the entire San Marcos community and SMPD!”

News of the police shooting also drew condolences from Texas Gov. Greg Abbott.

“Tonight’s shooting in San Marcos is a somber reminder of the service and sacrifice our brave men and women in law enforcement make every day to keep us safe,” Abbott said in a statement Saturday night. “I am grateful for the swift action of the San Marcos Police Department in containing the threat and minimizing the loss of life.”

Abbott added: “I ask all Texans to join Cecilia and me in praying for the officer killed and for those injured, and for the continued safety of all law enforcement officers who protect our communities.”

Saturday’s incident resulted in only the second death in the line of duty for members of the San Marcos Police Department.

In December 2017, officer Ken Copeland, a 58-year-old husband and father of four, was working on his day off when he was shot and killed while serving a warrant on Stewart Mettz, who himself was wounded in the encounter and taken into custody after a standoff with authorities.

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