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MEGAN GRAY

The Ellis County Press

LANCASTER – Memorial services are currently underway to honor the first fallen officer for the city of Lancaster.

Officer Craig Lamont Shaw, 37, was killed in the line of duty at the 900 block of River Bend Drive during at shootout at the River Bend Apartment Complex Sunday, June 20.

"The Lancaster Police family is devastated by the loss of our brother," stated Lancaster Police Chief Keith Humphrey in a news release issued by the city.

"He was an outstanding man and officer. Please keep his family in your thoughts and prayers."

What appeared to be a disturbance at the apartment complex during the early afternoon escalated to multiple shootings from David O’Neal Brown Jr, son of newly selected Dallas Police Chief David Brown.

Brown, 28, had been arrested previously on a misdemeanor drug charge.

Before officers could arrive on the scene, Brown had shot and killed Jeremy Jontae McMillian, 23.

According to the Dallas County Sheriff’s Department, the lead investigator in the incident, officers responded to the apartment complex and started looking for the shooter when the suspect turned and shot Shaw, killing him. Another officer then returned fire killing Brown.

"I was very sad to hear of the police officer shot in the line of duty in Lancaster," said Doug Hunt, owner of Access Self Storage.

Prayers, vigils and donations are already being held in honor of Shaw and McMillian throug-hout the community.

Access Storage in Red Oak and Lancaster are collecting donations for Shaw, who served on the force with LPD for five years.

"Anyone wanting to help can stop in either office to make a donation," said Hunt.

Lancaster location address is 1040 Cedar Valley (next to FEDEX), Red Oak Location, 561 W. Ovilla Rd. (next to the railroad tracks at Hwy. 342)

"We want to remember those killed in the tragic shootings in Lancaster on Sunday evening so we are hosting a prayer vigil at the First United Methodist Church in Lancaster at 9 a.m. We-dnesday, June 23," stated Pa-stor Rich Hawkins via e-mail.

McMillian’s seven–week-old son, his girlfriend and her three-year old little girl were also in the car at the time of the shooting. Bloodstained but, unharmed.

Funeral services are planned for McMillian for 11 a.m. at The Potter’s House in Dallas. Anyone wishing to donate may call the Phoenicia Funeral Home at 214-881-9847.

Shaw held numerous certifications and awards as well as representing the LPD on the Southern Regional Response Group, a multi-jurisdictional response tactical unit for Southern Dallas and Northern Ellis County.

Shaw is survived by his wife, two children, his parents and extended family.


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