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Alleged Austin Cop Killer Brandon Daniel In Court

Updated: Monday, December 10 2012, 01:11 PM CST

The man accused of killing an Austin police officer early this year is in court this morning.

Brandon Daniel, 24, is accused of shooting and killing Austin police officer Jaime Padron on April 6.   He died while fighting Daniel at the Walmart off I-35 near Parmer Lane, police say.

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.

This is Daniel’s first appearance in court.

He is charged with capital murder.
Alleged Austin Cop Killer Brandon Daniel In Court

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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