Bio & Incident Details
Tour: 17 years
Badge # 6674
Incident Date: 4/6/2012
Suspect: Charged with capital murder
Senior Police Officer Jaime De Luna-Padron was shot and killed after responding to a Walmart store on the I-35 Frontage Road to investigate reports of an intoxicated man who was shoplifting at approximately 2:30 am.
Upon arriving at the scene, Officer De Luna-Padron spoke with two employees and then tried to stop the man as he attempted to leave the store. The subject immediately attempted to flee on foot but was tackled by Officer De Luna-Padron and they both fell to the ground. During the ensuing struggle the man produced a small handgun from his pocket, shot Officer De Luna-Padron in the vest and neck, and then fired at the store employees.
Two Walmart employees tackled the suspect and held him down and then used Officer De Luna-Padron's radio to notify dispatchers of the shooting. They held him down until responding units arrived and placed him under arrest. He was subsequently charged with capital murder.
Officer De Luna-Padron succumbed to his wound at the scene.
Officer De Luna-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.