Dallas Police Department Chief David Brown has issued a statement about the shooting incident in Lancaster Sunday evening in which his son, a Lancaster police officer and a third man were all killed.
It reads as follows:
To the Members of the Dallas Police Department:
The past few days have been very troubling and emotional for all of us. My family has not only lost a son, but a fellow police officer and a private citizen lost their lives at the hands of our son. That hurts so deeply I can not adequately express the sadness I feel inside my heart.
My deepest sympathy goes out to Officer Craig Shaw’s family, the Lancaster police Department and to the citizens that he was attempting to protect. I also want to express my sympathy to the family of Jeremy McMillian. I have reached out to both families. I pray that both families find comfort from their faith, family and friends during this difficult time.
As police officers we reach out everyday to people who need our help and guidance. It makes me proud to stand with you side by side and be part of such a recognized and accomplished police force. Public support and confidence in our department is strong and extends from the Mayor’s office and City Council offices to the City Manager’s office, and most importantly to the citizens we serve. This support derives from a variety of sources but none more important than the hard work performed daily by the men and women of this department. As you go about your daily duties protecting the citizens of Dallas, please be mindful of your surroundings and look out for one another.
I want to thank the many people who have emailed me or tried to call me. I have not been able to return your messages but I am grateful for your thoughts and prayers. I know many people are praying for my family and me and that gives me enormous comfort.
God bless you and your families and the citizens of Dallas.
Chief David Brown
Dallas Police Department