Rangers review body cam footage in Jacque shooting

By Connie Swinney
Staff Writer
Burnet Bulletin

Texas Rangers are reviewing body camera footage to piece together clues about an officer-involved shooting which resulted in the death of a 25-year-old Bertram man, behind the wheel of a car at a noise complaint call.

Brandon Michael Jacque, a 25-year-old father of one, died Wednesday, March 27, after being shot by three-year Burnet Police Sgt. Russell Butler.

According to the report, the incident unfolded around 1:35 a.m. that morning in the 300 block of South McNeil Street.

Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson said the investigation is being handled by the Texas Rangers in cooperation with the 33rd/424th Judicial District Attorney's Office.

“At this time we're trying to view the body camera that was on the officer to review step by step what was going on,” Nelson said. “That's what the Rangers will be doing in the investigation.

Butler has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.

Several hours after the incident, BPD offered information about the incident, which started“in reference to a loud music call.”

Officers approached a Mercedes occupied by Jacque and a female passenger.

“[T]he driver started backing up. The officer was giving verbal commands to stop,” Nelson said. “The officer started retreating. At which time, the vehicle came forward towards the officer.

“At that time the officer's left foot was run over by the vehicle,” he added. “The officer then shot his weapon, striking the driver of the vehicle.”

Nelson said the officer attempted to revive the victim.

“He called for EMS and started medical procedures on that suspect to help save his life, but at this time we're informed that the subject is deceased in the vehicle,” he said.

The female passenger, who was questioned and released, was not injured, Nelson said.

Butler, who suffered an injury to his left foot, was treated and released from Seton Highland Lakes.

Jacque's body was taken to the medical examiner's office for an autopsy.

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