Burnet officer in fatal shooting “let go” for policy violation

UPDATE: Russell Butler turned himself in to the Llano County Jail Wednesday, April 24 on one count of murder and four counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. He was released on bonds totalling $200,000. According to Burnet County District Clerk documents, he was indicted on the charges April 23 by a grand jury.

Connie Swinney
Staff Writer

An officer involved in a fatal motorist shooting no longer works for the Burnet Police Department as of April 23, according to an agency spokesman.

On March 27 former Patrol Sergeant Russell Butler, responding to an overnight noise complaint call, shot and killed 25-year-old Brandon Michael Jacque of Bertram, while he was in his vehicle in the 300 block of South McNeil Street.

Butler was treated and released from the Burnet's Seton Highland Lakes emergency room for a foot injury he said he sustained when the vehicle attempted to leave the scene.

Nearly a month later on Tuesday, April 23, Butler was relieved from his duties by Burnet Police Chief Paul Nelson.

“He was let go for violating policy,” Nelson stated.

Butler had been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of a Texas Ranger and 33rd Judicial District Attorney's Office investigation.

Prior to the incident Butler, a BPD officer for three years, was promoted to patrol sergeant.

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