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City Memo About Fallen Officer

Updated: Saturday, August 3 2013, 04:13 PM CDT
Austin City Manager Mark Ott sent this memo to all City of Austin employees...

It is with great sadness I write to tell you of the death of one our City of Austin Police Officers, Jaime Padron. Mr. Padron was fatally shot in the line of duty early this morning.

Officer Padron responded to a call of an apparently intoxicated, suspicious individual inside a north Austin WalMart. When Padron approached the suspect, he immediately engaged the officer in a physical altercation during which the suspect used a semi-automatic pistol to shoot Officer Padron. Despite the valiant efforts of APD and EMS personnel, Officer Padron succumbed to his wounds and was pronounced at the scene. He is survived by two young daughters, his parents and other family members. The only suspect was taken into custody by responding officers.

The loss of a member of the City of Austin family is a difficult and sorrowful occasion. By all accounts, Padron was an excellent officer and public servant, and he will be sorely missed. Events like this are a reminder of the great risk and sacrifice our officers make in the pursuit to make Austin a safe and secure community. As an organization, we will work to assist Jaime’s family with their short and longer term needs. I ask that you keep the family of Officer Padron in your thoughts and prayers, and to take a moment this Easter weekend to convey love and appreciation to your own families and loved ones.

With a heavy heart,
Marc Ott,
City Manager

We have a special section with detailed information about Officer Padron, the shooting and a list of all the Austin officers who have died in the line of duty. Memo About Fallen Officer

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.

Read the entire list here.


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