Man killed in Burnet officer-involved shooting identified

Brandon Jacque

BURNET, Texas (KXAN) — The man killed in an officer-involved shooting Wednesday morning has been identified, according to Burnet police, as well as the officer accused of shooting him.

Brandon Michael Jacque, a 25-year-old from Bertram, was shot and killed after driving over the foot of an officer responding to a loud noise complaint near McNeil Street and East League Street, police say.

According to Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson, Patrol Sgt. Russell Butler approached a red Mercedes sedan within seconds of arriving at the scene of the noise complaint. The car pulled forward, then backed up toward Butler and did not stop even after the officer yelled at him to do so. The car ran over the officer’s foot, and that’s when he fired his weapon, hitting Jacque.

EMS was called and Butler began treating the suspect, but he died at the scene. Butler has been with the department for three years and has been placed on administrative leave until further notice. He was just recently promoted to patrol sergeant. 

The Texas Rangers are involved with the investigation and are currently reviewing body camera footage to determine what happened at the scene.

Nelson said the name of the officer involved would be released later once the Texas Rangers give their approval to do so.

Jacque’s sister tells KXAN he had a 4-year-old daughter. A GoFundMe has been created for his funeral expenses and has brought in more than $12,000.

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