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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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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    UPDATE: The Dallas Sheriff Shooting Investigation team now suspects that Officer Shaw's killer was the Dallas Police Chief's Son David O'Neal Brown Jr.

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    Anonymous

    about 4 years ago

    It sucks when someone you know is killed in the line of duty... RIP my friend.

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    luke3302

    about 4 years ago

    928 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Shaw. I know this will hit Lancaster P.D. hard. THoughts and prayers for your family. Thoughts and prayers for the chief and his family as well.

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    DALLASCRANE

    about 4 years ago

    19382 Comments

    It is with deepest regret that Officer Craig Shaw was killed on Father's Day by David Brown Jr.
    David Jr. was the 27 years old son of Dallas Police Chief David Brown. David Jr. been battling personal demons and drug issues. David Jr. also killed another man in front of his wife and two children moments earlier. My heart is broken. My faith is strong. My prayers are with the families and friends.

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    CPD0513

    about 4 years ago

    30 Comments

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    mucholucho

    about 4 years ago

    214 Comments

    http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/city/desoto/storie...

    The story in the Dallas Morning News highlights what an honorable and responsible LEO Officer Shaw was. My prayers are for his family especially.

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    Irishcop1961

    about 4 years ago

    50458 Comments

    Rest in Peace Officer Shaw.

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    Txscotsman

    about 4 years ago

    26 Comments

    My heart goes out to the family of Officer Shaw, and the Officers and employees of the Lancaster Police Department. RIP my brother, your watch has ended.

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    AZmeangreen

    about 4 years ago

    2338 Comments

    Rest in peace brother.

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    tjohnsonr18

    about 4 years ago

    290 Comments

    RIP Officer Shaw, GOD BLESS YOU and your family

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    Chris_Cosgriff

    about 4 years ago

    1052 Comments

    RIP Officer Shaw

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    dominicano_soy

    about 4 years ago

    848 Comments

    RIP my brother

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    ksphatcop

    about 4 years ago

    1744 Comments

    Rest in Peace

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    rsironron

    about 4 years ago

    5220 Comments

    Rest in Peace my brother, we will take it from here

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    95Zcar

    about 4 years ago

    3992 Comments

    Another Warrior has gone to God; Blessings to his family, friends and co-workers

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