Monday, June 21, 2010
Domestic Violence Ruins Another Father's Day
Domestic violence has ruined more than one father's life. In Dallas, a Chief of Police's son was killed in a shoot out and Father's Day may never be the same for him. The shootout occurred at an apartment complex. Three people died, including David O'Neal Brown Jr., the adult son of Dallas police chief, David Brown. A police officer was also among the fatalities.
It all started as Police responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on Sunday evening at the apartment complex in Lancaster, a suburb of Dallas. Gunfire broke out as police arrived. During the exchange of gun fire, David O'Neal Brown Jr., 27, the son of Dallas Police Chief David Brown, was killed. A 37 year old Lancaster police officer (a father of two) was also killed.
First Assistant Chief Charlie Cato announced the death of Brown's son. "Chief Brown is with his family this evening, and we ask that you respect his privacy at this difficult time.... 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."
At this time the officer's name has not been released. Nor is it known whether Brown was involved in the shooting. The third person killed was Jeremy Jontae McMillan, age 23. David Oneal Brown Jr. was no saint. "According to The Dallas Morning News, Brown Jr. was arrested in 2003 on suspicion of selling marijuana. He plead guilty to a misdemeanor. Nevertheless, Chief Brown loved and supported his son. Brown Jr. was employed and seemed to be on the path to putting his troubles behind him. Now, there is only speculation and sorrow that remains for at least two families that have endured heartache on Father's Day.