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Officer, Dallas Police Chief's Son Killed In Shootout

Officer, Dallas Police Chief's Son Killed In Shootout

The Houston Chronicle via YellowBrix

June 21, 2010

UPDATED: June 21, 2010 at 10:48am EST

LANCASTER – A police officer and two other men, including Dallas Police Chief David Brown’s adult son, were fatally shot Sunday night at an apartment complex.

The slain police officer was identified this morning as Craig Shaw, a five-year veteran of the force and a member of its regional tactical team.

“This community has lost a good officer, a very good officer. We are heartbroken,” Lancaster Police Chief Keith Humphrey said.

Shaw, 37, a father of two, is believed to be the first Lancaster officer fatally shot in the line of duty.

He was responding to a report of a shooting about 6 p.m. Sunday at the apartment complex, in the 900 block of River Bend Drive near West Pleasant Run Road in southern Dallas County.

“Officers responded to the apartment complex and started looking for the shooter,” said Kim Leach, a Dallas County sheriff’s department spokeswoman. “At the time, the suspect turned and shot one of the officers, killing him. Another officer returned fire at the suspect and shot and killed him.”

Dallas police officials confirmed late Sunday night that 27-year-old David O’Neal Brown Jr. was among the dead. It was unclear whether he was shot in the initial incident or in the officer-involved shooting.

The other man who was killed was identified as 23-year-old Jeremy Jontae McMillan, the Dallas County medical examiner’s office said early Monday morning.

Investigators did not say whether they believe the Lancaster officer was killed by Brown of by McMillan.

Humphrey said Shaw was one of the top-rated officers in his department, a “well-liked, very caring, very giving, selfless, hard worker … [who] lost his life defending the citizens of Lancaster.”

Witnesses described a chaotic and confusing scene.

“I just heard lots of quick shots – you know, like, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, boom, you know – that’s all I heard,” said River Bend apartments resident Pat Miles. “I jumped down on the floor.”

Throughout the evening, dozens of area residents remained gathered beyond crime scene tape. Officers were seen embracing one another at the scene.

There appeared to be three crime scenes in different areas of the apartment complex. At one scene, a vehicle was covered in blue tarp and an unmarked police car could be seen a short distance away.

A second scene, near a complex pool, appeared focused on a red sport utility vehicle. The third scene, at the rear of the complex, was centered on a white four-door vehicle that appeared to have crashed next to a Dumpster.

Officers from several area police departments were assisting in the investigation.

Chief Brown could not be reached. First Assistant Chief Charlie Cato, Brown’s second in command, confirmed the death in a prepared statement, which he read late Sunday night at Dallas police headquarters.

“Chief Brown is with his family this evening, and we ask that you respect his privacy at this difficult time,” Cato said.

“As Chief Brown mourns the loss of his son, he also mourns the loss of the fallen Lancaster police officer who has served his community with honor for many years.

In 2003, David Brown Jr. was arrested on suspicion of selling marijuana in Waxahachie. He pleaded no contest and was convicted of a misdemeanor.

The chief said in an interview earlier this year that he was proud of the way his son, also a father, grew after the incident.

“I’m much more impressed when you make mistakes, how you respond to it,” Brown said in May. “It speaks to the kind of man he is. He continued his education, he’s gainfully employed in spite of some of the mistakes that he’s made.”

For Brown, the death of his only son on Father’s Day is the latest in a line of personal tragedies.

In 1988, his police academy classmate and former partner Walter Williams was fatally shot in the line of duty. Three years later, his younger brother, Kelvin Brown, was killed in the Phoenix area by drug dealers.

Brown, who also has two daughters, has said increased crime in his native Oak Cliff neighborhood played a key role in leading him to become a Dallas police officer in 1983.

“We don’t know all of the facts of the incident at this time,” Cato said in his statement. “Chief Brown asks that the Dallas community keep his family in their prayers this evening and in the days to come as his family tries to comprehend the circumstances surrounding this tragic incident.”


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    Sheepdog1

    about 4 years ago

    480 Comments

    RIP brother

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    Eilene

    about 4 years ago

    18372 Comments

    Our thoughts and prayers go out to the family of Officer Craig Shaw and his brothers and sisters in Law Enforcement. May he rest in peace.

    "In The Line of Duty"

    What is the meaning of "In The Line Of Duty"
    It means that an officer made the Ultimate sacrifice.
    It means that someone took an officer's life.
    A hero has fallen.

    Officers who gave their all
    To protect and serve
    Have been killed by someone whom they swore
    To protect and serve.

    It means that their badge will no longer be on their chest
    And they will join
    "The Best Of The Best"

    It means that family and friends are left behind
    To deal with the lost of a loved one.
    Only having the memories of that loved one
    Close to their hearts.
    Something no one can ever take away.

    It means that family members will stand at the officers grave
    And wonder why ...
    Why would someone take an officer's life
    And leave them there to die?
    If we only knew.

    Today an officer will place their badge on their chest
    To fulfill the dreams of heroes killed
    "In The Line Of Duty"

    by

    Michele

    In Memory Of All Police Officers Who Have
    Been Called To Make The Ultimate Sacrifice

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    Ahi

    about 4 years ago

    1990 Comments

    R.I.P. to the officer and son, prayers to family and friends!

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    milcop

    about 4 years ago

    762 Comments

    Rip to my Brother Also prayers to the Chief in this loss of a prcious son

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    jortives1969

    about 4 years ago

    1686 Comments

    R.I.P. BROTHER AND GOD BLESS YOUR FAMILY

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    Sheepdog_1

    about 4 years ago

    56 Comments

    RIP Brother, thank you for your service... I pray God bless this family with peace in their hearts and help this father to go on...

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    bsibley

    about 4 years ago

    620 Comments

    RIP Off. Shaw. May God embrace you in Heaven for the work you have accomplished here on earth. My thoughts and prayers to your family during this tragic period.

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    barber01

    about 4 years ago

    6 Comments

    R.I.P. Brother

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    Whalewatcher

    about 4 years ago

    11220 Comments

    R.I.P., Officer Shaw.

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    boritico

    about 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    R.I.P.B.

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    captainbud

    about 4 years ago

    420 Comments

    Rest in peace, brother. May God bless your family and friends.

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    MP247

    about 4 years ago

    332 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Shaw

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    SULLYMAN

    about 4 years ago

    492 Comments

    Rest in peace brother

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    jmax

    about 4 years ago

    192 Comments

    RIP Brother Shaw

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    badge66

    about 4 years ago

    144 Comments

    RIP

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