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Suspect In North Austin Police Shooting Indicted For Capital Murder

Updated: Wednesday, June 27 2012, 05:27 PM CDT

The suspect jailed in the shooting death of an Austin police officer at a North Austin Wal-Mart last April has been indicted for capital murder by a Travis County grand jury.

Brandon Montgomery Daniel, 24, is accused of shooting Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron in the neck at point-blank range when he responded to a drunk and disorderly call at the Wal-Mart off Parmer Lane.

Police say Daniel attacked Padron when he arrived and pulled out a semi-automatic pistol during the fight.

Two Wal-Mart employees tackled Daniel and held him until additional officers arrived at the scene. Padron died shortly afterward.

Padron, 41, had close to 20 years of law enforcement experience and was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran. He had two daughters, ages 10 and six.

Daniel faces the death penalty or life in prison if convicted.

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Fallen Austin Officers

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
Officer Ablanedo was shot to death during a traffic stop. The passenger in the car, David Lee Powell, had a warrant for his arrest. He shot Ablanedo with an AK-47. Powell was executed for the murder in 2010.

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