Austin Police

AM Update
8:25 am
Wed April 11, 2012

AM Update: Funeral, Escort for Slain Officer, Ron Paul Stays Put, Poor Prognosis for Gulf Coast

Austin Mayor Lee Leffingwell (l) and Police Chief Art Acevedo (r) will speak at services for APD Officer Jaime Padron.
Leffingwell photo by Carlos Morales for KUT News; Padron photo courtesy APD; Acevedo photo by KUT News.

Funeral, Motorcade for Officer Padron Today

Mayor Lee Leffingwell and Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo are among the scheduled speakers at the funeral of a fallen APD officer today.

APD Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron will be laid to rest today. Padron was killed Friday while responding to a call at an area Wal-Mart early Friday morning, April 6.

Funeral services for Padron start at 11 a.m. at Shoreline Church on Burnet Road. The funeral will be with complete police honors. At the conclusion of the services, Padron’s body will be taken to San Angelo for burial.

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Crime
4:35 pm
Tue April 10, 2012

Are Police Shootings on the Rise Nationally?

The Texas Peace Officers Memorial on the state capitol grounds.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/racheldtaylor

Before the fatal slaying of Austin Police Senior Officer Jaime Padron at an area Wal-Mart last week, the last time a member of the Austin Police Department was killed was in 2004.

But a new analysis posits that even as other violent crimes fall nationally, the killing of police officers may be on the rise.

The New York Times points to an analysis of recent data, tabulating the number of police deaths at the hands of suspected criminals:

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Austin
5:27 pm
Mon April 9, 2012

Funeral Procession Route Set for Fallen Officer

Officer Jaime Padron was killed in shooting early Friday morning at an area Wal-Mart.
Images courtesy Austin Police Department

The Austin Police Department says drivers should expect delays in some areas on Wednesday between 1 and 4pm, due to the funeral procession for Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron.

Padron was shot and killed in the line of duty early Friday morning at a North Austin Wal-Mart. The suspect, Brandon Montgomery Daniel, 24, is in custody.

APD is inviting Austinites to pay their respects to Officer Padron during the procession, before his body is taken to San Angelo, where he'll be laid to rest.

 

The funeral procession route will be as follows:

 

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Austin
8:47 am
Mon April 9, 2012

AM Update: Funeral for Fallen Officer, Ron Paul's Texas Tour, Wal-Mart and Workers Compensation

Officer Jaime Padron was killed in shooting early Friday morning at an area Wal-Mart.
Images courtesy Austin Police Department

Funeral for Slain Officer

The public is invited to salute fallen Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron.

Padron was shot to death on Friday while responding to a call at a North Austin Wal-Mart.

Visitation is tomorrow from 6 to 8:00 p.m. at Cook-Walden Funeral Home at 6100 North Lamar Blvd. The funeral will be held this Wednesday at 11 a.m. at Shoreline Church on Burnet Road. Austin Cops for Charities, a local group that provides aid and support for the family of Austin officers, has created a donation fund for Padron’s family.

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Crime
6:20 pm
Fri April 6, 2012

APD Officer Killed, Another Injured in Separate Officer-Involved Shooting

Austin Police are mourning the loss of one of their own
KUT News

Update (5:49 p.m.): 24-year-old Brandon Montgomery Daniel has been charged with capital murder after allegedly shooting and killing Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron last night. In a press conference at 5:00p.m. this evening, Police Chief Art Acevedo said Daniel moved to Austin from Fort Collins, Colorado about a year ago.

Acevedo also noted that this was the first time during his tenure as Police Chief that two officers were involved in deadly encounters in the same day. "This is the most trying day of my five years here," said a teary-eyed Acevedo. "There are a lot of tears flowing, there is a lot of hurt."

Acevedo praised the Wal-Mart employees who were able to detain Daniel at the scene after the shooting. "That selfless act is the beginning of the healing process for this department."

Update (12:24 p.m.): Details continue to emerge about Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron, and the shooting last night at an area Wal-Mart that took his life.

In a fundraising email soliciting contributions for Officer Padron’s family, The 100 Club of Central Texas says:

A former Marine, Officer Padron had been with APD for more than three years. Prior to that, he had been a Bergstrom International Airport police officer and before then served 14 years with the San Angelo Police Department in West Texas. He leaves behind two daughters, ages 10 and 6 as well as parents and other family members who live in San Angelo.

At a press conference this morning, APD characterized Padron’s shooter as an Asian adult male. The Network of Asian American Organizations issued the following statement this morning:

As you are aware, early this morning a man believed to be Asian shot and killed Austin Police Officer Jaime Padron at the Walmart on Parmer and IH-35.

On behalf of the Network of Asian American Organizations and the Asian community, we would like to send our condolences, thoughts and prayers to the family, friends and colleagues of Officer Padron. The NAAO fully supports the Austin Police Department and the City of Austin.

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AM Update
8:59 am
Fri April 6, 2012

AM Update: APD Officer Killed, More Abuse Allegations at State Hospitals, First TV Fest Comes to ATX

APD Chief Art Acevedo says an officer was killed early this morning.
Photo by KUT News

APD Officer Killed

An Austin Police Officer is dead after being shot while trying to arrest a suspect early this morning.

The officer was called to the Wal-Mart on Parmer and I-35 at around 2:20 a.m. When the officer arrived, police say he made contact with the suspect and the man immediately began to fight with the officer. Police say the suspect then pulled out a semi-automatic pistol and shot the officer at point-blank range in the neck area.

In a press conference, Austin Police Chief Art Acevedo said that two Wal-Mart employees tackled the suspect after he shot the police officer.  

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AM Update
8:28 am
Tue April 3, 2012

AM Update: Shoplifting Ring Busted, Keystone XL Pipeline, New Coach for Lady Longhorns

Police say they've broken up a shoplifting ring that specialized in household items like detergent.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/thetime-line

Austin Shoplifting Ring Busted

The Associated Press reports an Austin shoplifting ring has been caught selling stolen goods and smuggling them to Mexico. The list of stolen goods includes multiple household items: detergents, shampoos, batteries, cosmetics and razors.

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Crime
3:47 pm
Tue March 27, 2012

Austin Police Show Off Seized Cash, Guns and 'A Tremendous Amount of Heroin'

The Austin Police Department seized nearly $8 million worth of drugs in three raids in March.
Photo by Divya Darsi for KUT News

Pounds of pot, kilos of cocaine and bundles of bills were on display at an Austin police station today.

The department’s organized crime division was showing off what it obtained from three major drug seizures over the past month. APD Assistant Chief Sean Mannix said officers also captured more than six-and-a-half pounds of tar heroin.

"In talking to the other officers and detectives, supervisors in the room, none of us in our memories can remember a seizure of heroin that large in the city of Austin,” said Assistant Chief Mannix. “It’s a tremendous amount of heroin."

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Police
1:26 pm
Thu March 22, 2012

Racial Profiling Report Reveals Fewer Stops, But Questions Remain

An annual report states traffic stops fell last year.
Photo courtesy flickr.com/webhostingreview

A report on racial profiling shows the number of people stopped by the Austin Police Department for traffic violations dropped in 2011.

In 2011, police executed 5,050 vehicle searches on Hispanics, 3,505 searches on whites, and 3,037 searches on African-Americans.

“Austin police officers made 179,882 motor vehicle stops in 2011 compared to 232,848 in 2010,” the report reads:

The primary reason for a motor vehicle stop is a traffic violation such as speeding, an illegal turn, expired registration and other violations of the transportation code.

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Transportation
4:39 pm
Wed March 21, 2012

Does Ticketing Drivers Make Pedestrians Safer?

A new police program is ticketing drivers who don't yield to pedestrians.
Photo by Emily Donahue, KUT News

With a string of recent auto-pedestrian fatalities, the Austin Police Department announced it's enhancing its Pedestrian Enforcement Safety Team initiative by targeting drivers at crosswalks – and using officers as decoys.

There have been eight pedestrians and bicyclists killed in crashes so far this year. Police Chief Art Acevedo said drunk drivers and drunken pedestrians contribute to Austin’s number of pedestrian deaths, but drivers that fail to yield to pedestrians are responsible for more deaths than drunk drivers.

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AM Update
9:00 am
Thu March 15, 2012

AM Update: Voting Rights Act Challenged, UT's 'Cyborg' Research, SXSW Thefts

Texas AG Greg Abbott has challenged the constitutionality of the Voting Rights Act
Photo by KUT News

Texas Challenges Voting Rights Act

Texas is challenging the constitutionality of Section 5 of the Voting Rights Act that requires the state to get pre-clearance from the Justice Department for any change to voting procedures. Yesterday Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott filed that petition to a three-judge panel in Washington.

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Austin
3:38 pm
Fri March 9, 2012

Grand Jury No-Bills Wagner; Acevedo Says Carter, Teen at Fault in Shooting

A bullet hole in the car in which Byron Carter, Jr. was found dead after being shot by APD Officer Nathan Wagner on May 30, 2011.
Photo courtesy Travis Co. District Attorney's office

A Travis County grand jury has decided not to indict Austin Police Department officer Nathan Wagner for the May 30 shooting death of Byron Carter, Jr. You can view several photos released from the grand jury investigation above.

Officer Wagner and Officer Jeffrey Rodriguez were searching an area along East Eighth street as part of an initiative targeting auto theft. They encountered 20-year-old Carter and a teenager. (Due to the teen’s age, the individual has not been identified.)

The officers say the two were acting suspiciously and they started following them. Carter and the other person then got into a car and police say the teen driver accelerated toward the two officers.

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Austin
11:01 am
Fri March 9, 2012

No Indictment for Officer in Byron Carter Shooting

Officer Nathan Wagner was no-billed in the shooting of Byron Carter Jr., pictured above.
Photo courtesy Texas Dept. of Public Safety; Police image courtesy City of Austin

A grand jury has declined to indict the Austin Police officer that shot and killed Byron Carter Jr. last year, according to the Austin American-Statesman.

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SXSW
9:07 am
Mon March 5, 2012

AM Update: Leslie in Hospice, Bastrop Judge Resigns, More Police at SXSW

Austin Homeless Icon Leslie Transferred to Hospice

Local transgendered celebrity, Leslie Cochran, was transferred out of hospital care and into an area hospice provider this weekend says community activist and friend, Debbie Russell. Russell says Leslie remains in critical condition and is receiving comfort care.

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Austin
9:32 am
Wed February 29, 2012

The Five Topics at City Council's Policy Retreat

Council heads to the Palmer Center to talk policy today.
Photo courtesy palmereventscenter.com

Think about corporate retreats, and you’ll likely envision team-building exercises. But no zip-lining or “trust falls” are on the Austin City Council’s retreat agenda today – just policy planning.

This morning, the council is decamping to the Palmer Events Center for a “policy retreat work session,” a chance to meet and discuss upcoming topics and initiatives. Five topics are on the agenda:

  • Using the upcoming Comprehensive Plan “for policy guidance and planning,” a topic from council member Laura Morrison.
  • Fostering collaboration with counties and school districts in the city limits, sponsored by council member Kathie Tovo.
  • A “review of past and existing City youth programs,” also from Tovo.
  • “Community public safety goals and resource allocation priorities,” from council member Bill Spelman.
  • A discussion of the structuring of council committees –  groups tasked with delving into specific topics like public health or city finances – as proposed by council member Chris Riley.

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