Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron Austin Police Department, Texas End of Watch: Friday, April 6, 2012

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Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron

Austin Police Department, Texas
End of Watch: Friday, April 6, 2012

Biographical Info

Age: 41
Tour of Duty: 17 years
Badge Number: 6674

Incident Details

Cause of Death: Gunfire
Date of Incident: April 6, 2012
Weapon Used: Handgun
Suspect Info: Apprehended

Agency Contact Information

Chief Art Acevedo
Austin Police Department
PO Box 689001
Austin, TX 78768
Phone: (512) 974-5000

Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron was shot and killed after responding to the Walmart on the I-35 Frontage Road to investigate reports of an intoxicated man at approximately 2:30 am.
Upon arriving at the scene, Officer Padron was immediately attacked by the man and was shot once in the neck at point blank range. Despite being wounded, he was able to inform dispatchers that he had been shot. Two Walmart employees tackled the suspect and held him down until responding units arrived and placed him under arrest.
Officer Padron succumbed to his wound at the scene.
Officer Padron was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran and had served with the Austin Police Department for three years. He had previously served with the Austin Airport Police Department and the San Angelo Police Department for 14 years. He is survived by his two young daughters and parents.

Reporting from Houston—

A police officer was shot and killed at an Austin, Texas, Wal-Mart in the early hours of Good Friday, authorities said.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo told The Times that Officer Jaime Padron responded to a call about a drunk man inside the store at about 2:20 a.m. local time. Padron, 40, didn’t even have a chance to draw his weapon before he was shot in the throat and chest, Acevedo said.

"The suspect produced a semi-automatic pistol and shot the officer at point-blank range," Acevedo said.

Padron’s bulletproof vest blocked the chest shot, Acevedo said, but not the shot to his throat.

At the back of the store, Pedro Garcia and roommate Sapna Sharma were shopping when they heard the gunfire, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

"I felt like something fell really hard," Sharma said.

Officials said that as Padron lay wounded, he used his police radio to call for help. While other officers sped to the store, two Wal-Mart employees tackled the armed suspect, whose identity has not been released, holding him until police arrived, Acevedo said.

"We believe these people are heroes," Acevedo said. "Those Wal-Mart employees took their own lives and placed them at risk to come to the aid of the officer and other employees and customers."

One of the arriving officers attempted to give Padron CPR as paramedics treated him, but the wounded officer was pronounced dead at 2:44 a.m., Acevedo said.

Acevedo said Padron had been with the department for about three years and had previously worked for an airport police department and the San Angelo Police Department.

Padron, a native of San Angelo, Texas, is survived by his ex-wife; two daughters, ages 10 and 6, and his parents, Acevedo said.

"It was a tough day for the family," the chief said at a Friday news briefing. "It is a tragedy on Good Friday to lose an officer like this; there’s a lot of officers who are devastated. When we’re supposed to be celebrating life, we are mourning one of our officers."

The suspect was in custody Friday morning, and police are expected to release more information about him at a briefing scheduled for 4 p.m. CDT.

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