Mom: Man accused in fatal cop shooting depressed


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Salon Staff
April 8, 2012 3:45AM (UTC)

DALLAS (AP) — The mother of a man charged in the fatal shooting of a Texas police officer says her son is a talented software engineer who has been struggling with depression for months after a bitter breakup with his longtime girlfriend.

Mary O'Dell spoke with The Associated Press on Saturday from Colorado, where she lives. She says she talked with her 24-year-old son, Brandon Montgomery Daniel, on Thursday night and that he'd been taking Xanax and drinking tequila.

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Daniel was arrested early Friday following the shooting of Austin Senior Police Officer Jaime Padron. Investigators say Padron was shot while struggling to subdue a potentially intoxicated man at a Walmart. Daniel was booked on a capital murder charge.

O'Dell says she has "nothing but a deep-felt pain" over the officer's death.


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