Son of Dallas police chief believed shooter of Lancaster officer



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Posted on June 21, 2010 at 12:26 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 21 at 3:41 PM

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DALLAS - Authorities say they now believe the son of Dallas police Chief David Brown Sr. was the shooter in the killing of an officer and one other person at a Lancaster apartment complex Sunday evening. The son, David O'Neal Brown Jr., was also killed in the Sunday incident.

Sources said they believe Brown Jr. killed 22-year-old Jerry McMillian before fatally shooting 37-year-old Officer Craig Shaw, who was answering a disturbance call in the 900 block of River Bend Drive in Lancaster.

Brown Jr. was allegedly involved in some type of domestic disturbance and was spotted armed with a gun and allegedly shooting randomly. McMillian is said to have likely been an innocent bystander in the wrong place at the wrong time.

When officers arrived, there was an exchange of gunfire. At this time, authorities said they are still working to determine who fired first.

The Lancaster Police Department has not officially released a report on what happened.

While Chief Brown Sr. has been unavailable for comments, Dallas police gave a brief statement, saying Brown Sr. is saddened by the death of the Lancaster officer and his son.

Shaw was a father of two and a five-year veteran of the force. Shaw's death is the first for the Lancaster Police Department. Before working for the department, Shaw worked with the Dallas City Marshal's Office.

"His son Chris was part of my son's football team," said Laura Rodriguez, a neighbor of the Shaw family. "[Shaw] was an awesome father, an awesome husband. He always attended all of the games. He was just a wonderful person."

Captain Ron Smith, with the DeSoto Police Department, said he had known Shaw for at least two years. They served together on an area special response team, in which Shaw served as a first to make entry when serving high-risk warrants.

"He was at every call out; I don't think he missed one," he said. "He was at every training session. He was a very good person, a very good officer."

A trust fund has been set up for the Shaw family at Chase Bank. Donations can be made under the Craig Shaw Trust Fund at any branch.