Officer Daniel Golden was a popular patrolman in Huntsville, Alabama's west precinct. Officer Golden, 28, served the people of his community for three years. At 3:30 p.m. on August 29, 2005, he was murdered by Benito Albarran, an illegal alien. Daniel Golden became the first police officer to be killed in the line of duty in Huntsville in 40 years.
Officer Golden was answering a 911 domestic abuse call made by Albarran’s wife at the restaurant they co-owned. As he got out of his patrol car, Albarran came out of the front door and began firing. The officer returned the gunfire, walking backward. Golden’s gun apparently jammed. Holding his hands up in a gesture of surrender, Daniel Golden pleaded for his life. He lost his pistol as he fell to the ground. Albarran fired two shots into Golden’s face. (1) The officer died two hours later at Huntsville Hospital.
After the merciless killing, Albarran smoked a cigarette he had bummed and leaned up against a car until the police came. At first Albarran denied involvement, saying he was out back mowing grass when he heard gun shots.
According to a close friend, Don Webster, Daniel Golden loved police work. Webster described him as a “very happy guy, always smiling and “one of those glass-half-full people.” Newly married, Daniel Golden left behind a wife, three step-children and a grieving family. (2)
Albarran pleaded not guilty to capital murder because of insanity, ‘alcohol induced psychoses’. Albarran spent 26 days at the Taylor-Hardin Secure Mental Facility in Tuscaloosa being evaluated. The facility’s director testified Albarran was not insane at the time of the shooting. He stated, “Intoxication is not accepted as a defense.” (3)
The 12 member jury found Albarran guilty of capital murder. After about 5 hours of deliberation, the jury voted 10-2 to recommend the death penalty for Albarran. The sentencing hearing has not been scheduled.