AUSTIN (KXAN) - The City Council voted Thursday to rename the police substation in North Austin for Jaime Padron, the senior officer who was killed in the line of duty nearly a year ago while responding to a disturbance call at department store.
The facility is at 12425 Lamplight Village, east of the intersection of Parmer Lane and MoPac Boulevard. Padron was assigned to the station at the time of his death.
Padron, 40, was answering an early morning call on April 6, 2012, about someone acting erratically inside the Walmart store at Parmer Lane and Interstate 35. When he approached the man, Brandon Daniel, the officer was shot in the neck and died from the injury.
Daniel, now 25, reportedly had been drinking heavily and under the influence of Xanax in the hours before the shooting.
Travis County District Attorney Rosemary Lehhmberg said in November that she will seek the death penalty for Daniel.
Members of the Police Department assembled at the Walmart early Friday, at the same hour that Padron was gunned down, for a Good Friday prayer vigil. Padron was killed on Good Friday 2012.
A former Marine, Officer Padron had been with APD for more than three years. Prior to that, he had been a Austin Bergstrom International Airport police officer and had served 14 years with the San Angelo Police Department. He left behind two daughters.
The substation will be formally renamed the Jaime Padron Police Station on the one-year anniversary of the officer's death.
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