It's been one year to the day since Austin Police Senior Officer Jaime Padron was shot and killed outside a Wal-Mart while responding to a call. Many witnessed a ceremony, Saturday, as APD renamed its north substation after Padron.
Friday, April 6, 2012 is a day Austin police officers will never forget.
"Our hearts were broken by the tragic death of our brother," said Chief Art Acevedo, "That call that one of us was down at the hand of an individual, who was a coward, as far as I'm concerned."
Padron, a 40-year old military veteran had been commissioned with APD just under three years when he was dispatched to Wal-Mart on I-35 in north Austin. He was attempting to apprehend a man, later identified by police as Brandon Daniel. Daniel was believed to have been shoplifting and was reportedly intoxicated. When Padron began to apprehend him police say Daniel pulled a gun and shot Padron.
"It's fitting today that we honor Officer Jaime Padron in this way at this place," said Mayor Lee Leffingwell.
With his family watching, the north substation was officially renamed the Jaime D. Padron Austin Police Substation.
Padron's name will be added to the Texas Peace Officer's Memorial next month.
Shooting suspect, Brandon Daniel is facing a charge of capital murder and remains in jail.