David Brown, the police chief who told media that police were “heartbroken” over the Dallas shootings, is no stranger to gun violence and loss.
The girlfriend of Brown’s 27-year-old son had called police earlier that day to say he was having “a psychotic breakdown” and had hit her, according to media reports.
Hours later, the younger Brown shot 23-year-old Jeremy McMillian as he drove with his girlfriend and two children in Lancaster, Texas, a suburb of Dallas.
When a Lancaster police officer, 37-year-old police officer Craig Shaw, responded to the shooting, the younger Brown shot and killed him, too.
Before that day, Brown’s son had only a minor criminal record, including an arrest involving marijuana.