Officer slain in Texas Walmart shooting identified as Jaime Padron

A police officer was fatally shot at an Austin Walmart, April 6, 2012.
Jaime Padron

(CBS/AP) AUSTIN, Texas - Austin police have identified an officer shot and killed early Friday at a Texas Walmart as Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron.

Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said Padron, who has two daughters, ages 10 and six, was shot in the neck and died at the scene.

Padron was responding to a call about a drunk man inside the store around 2:30 a.m., Acevedo said. The suspect attacked the officer as soon as he arrived at the store and Padron didn't have a chance to even pull out his own weapon.

"The suspect produced a semi-automatic pistol and shot the officer at point blank range," Acevedo said. The wounded officer was able to call for help using his police radio, he added.

"This was a routine call," Acevedo said. "What makes our job deadly is that there is no routine call."

Two Walmart employees tackled and held the suspect and locked down the store until another police officer arrived to arrest him. Acevedo praised their actions, saying they did all they were supposed to do. He said store video captured the entire incident. Once the suspect was handcuffed, another officer gave Padron CPR and medics tried to revive him, but he was pronounced dead at 2:44 a.m.

The police chief declined to identify the suspect, who was being held at the Travis County jail.

Acevedo said Padron worked at the department for more than three years and had previously worked for the Austin airport police and the San Angelo police department. According to CBS affiliate KEYE, Padron was a U.S. Marine Corps veteran with close to 20 years of experience in law enforcement.

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