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Senior Police Officer Jaime D. Padron | Austin Police Department, Texas Austin Police Department, Texas

Senior Police Officer

Jaime D. Padron

Austin Police Department, Texas

End of Watch: Friday, April 6, 2012

Bio & Incident Details

Age: 40

Tour: 17 years

Badge # 6674

Military veteran

Cause: Gunfire

Weapon: Handgun

Offender: Sentenced to death

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Senior Police Officer Jaime 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 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 Padron and they both fell to the ground. During the ensuing struggle the man produced a small handgun from his pocket, shot Officer Padron in the vest and neck, and then fired at the store employees.

Two Walmart employees tackled the subject and held him down and then used Officer Padron's radio to notify dispatchers of the shooting. They held him down until responding units arrived and placed him under arrest. On February 21st, 2014, Deputy Padron's killer was convicted of capital murder and subsequently sentenced to death.

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.

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I was an Observer at the CLEAT Conference in McAllen in 2012 when I heard of this tragedy. I had the honour of meeting Jaime's wife and children too. A colleague of Jaime gave me a Blue Knights patch in Memory of Jaime. I'm returning to Texas this year to participate in the 2015 Ride for the Fallen. I'll be proudly wearing Jaime's patch on my vest on the ride to remember him, his family, colleagues and all fallen officers. RIP Mate.

General Secretary Mick Barnes (ex-Sgt)
Queensland Police Union (Australia)
February 13, 2015

 

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