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Roommate Describes Police Shooting Suspect

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
The roommate of the man accused of killing an Austin police officer described him as a laid back guy.

Brandon Daniel is charged with capital murder in the death of police officer Jaime Padron.  He was shot to death at the Wal-Mart near I-35 and Parmer Lane early Friday morning.

KEYE TV's Angel Covarrubias spoke to Dante, Daniel's roommate.  He did not want his last name used.

Dante said he first learned of the shooting when police came to his apartment.  He said investigators went through the apartment and asked about Brandon's girlfriend.

Dante has been living with Daniel since January.

"He was laid back guy. I never heard him raise his voice," Dante said. 

He added that there was nothing he saw that would lead him to believe Daniel would do what he is accused of.Roommate Describes Police Shooting Suspect


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Amy Donovan

Amy Donovan, 37, Oct. 31, 2004
Officer Donovan was chasing a suspect on foot in East Austin. Her partner put the patrol car in reverse and tried to block the man's escape route. During the chase, the patrol car struck Donovan and pinned her next to a utility pole. Donovan had been a police officer for five months. She was survived by a husband and four children.


Clinton Hunter

Clinton Hunter, 22, Nov. 29, 2001
Officer Hunter was on the I-35 access road near Onion Creek waiting to deploy a stinger, a device used to puncture and flatten tires, to stop car during a chase. The car hit and killed Hunter. He had been an officer for 14 months. Hunter is survived by a wife and two children.


Drew Alan Bolin

Drew Alan Bolin, 25, June 2, 1995
Officer Bolin was directing traffic at an accident site on I-35 when a drunk driver hit and killed him. Bolin had been an officer for five months. He was survived by his parents and fiancee.


Robert Martinez Jr.

Robert Martinez Jr., 26, February 25, 1989
Officer Robert Martinez Jr. died when his patrol car struck a tree. Martinez, who was en route to assist another officer, swerved to avoid a pick up truck that had pulled into his path.


Lee Smith

Lee Smith, 28, December 15, 1979
Officer Smith was chasing a suspect on MoPac when he lost control of his motorcycle. He died from his injuries several months later.


Ralph A. Ablanedo

Ralph A. Ablanedo, 26, May 18, 1978
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