AUSTIN, Texas - A police officer was shot and killed early Friday at a Walmart in Central Texas, and a suspect has been charged with capital murder, officials said.
Jaime Padron was shot in the neck and died at the scene, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said, adding that Padron leaves two daughters, ages 10 and six.
Padron was responding to a call about a drunk man inside the store around 2:30 a.m., Acevedo said. The suspect attacked the officer when he arrived at the store and Padron didn’t have a chance to pull out his weapon. “The suspect produced a semi-automatic pistol and shot the officer at point blank range,’’ Acevedo said. The officer was able to call for help using his police radio, he added.
Two Walmart employees tackled and held the suspect and locked down the store until another police officer arrived to arrest him.
Brandon Montgomery Daniel, 24, was booked into the Travis County jail on capital murder charges in connection with the shooting, according to jail records. If convicted of capital murder, Daniel could face the death penalty.