A San Marcos, TX, police officer was killed Monday afternoon while serving a warrant in the Cottonwood Creek subdivision, police officials confirmed.
The suspect shot the unidentified officer multiple times, according to a San Marcos police news release, reports the Austin American-Statesman. The officer was wearing a protective vest but died from his injuries at Central Texas Medical Center about 3:50 p.m., officials said.
The suspect was shot and taken to an Austin hospital following a standoff with the San Marcos/Hays County SWAT team, officials said.
5:45 p.m. update: Gov. Greg Abbott issued a statement responding to the killing of a San Marcos police officer Monday afternoon, promising the shooter will receive “swift justice.”
“Today we grieve for the family of the fallen San Marcos police officer, and we vow swift justice for the killer,” Abbott said. “The men and women in law enforcement put their lives on the line every day to protect and to serve our communities, and we will never forget their sacrifices. Cecilia and I extend our heartfelt condolences to the officer’s family and to the entire San Marcos Police Department.”
Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton also released a statement in connection with the officer’s shooting death.
“Along with everyone learning of a San Marcos police officer’s murder today, I am deeply troubled and saddened,” Paxton said. “Officers around our state courageously serve and deserve our utmost honor and respect, especially during this time. Please join Angela and me as we pray for the officer’s family, the people of San Marcos, and for our law enforcement officers around the state.”