Dallas chief who oversaw response to sniper attack to retire

David Brown
FILE - In this Nov. 17, 2011, file photo, Dallas Police Chief David Brown speaks during a news conference at police headquarters in Dallas. Dallas police say one or more suspects opened fire on police headquarters early Saturday morning, June 13, 2015, rammed a police car and fled to a fast food restaurant just off interstate 45 outside the city where they are engaged in a standoff with police. Police Chief Brown tells a news confrerence that preliminary witness statements suggest there may have been other assailants firing from elevated locations. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

DALLAS (AP) — Dallas Police Chief David Brown, who oversaw the response to a July sniper attack that killed five officers, has announced his retirement.

Brown issued a statement Thursday saying he will retire Oct. 22 after 33 years with Dallas police. He was not immediately available for additional comment.

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Brown says he was prompted to become an officer in 1983 by a crack cocaine epidemic in a Dallas neighborhood. He was named police chief in 2010.

He’s drawn criticism from Dallas police unions for not doing enough to retain many officers who have left for better pay elsewhere. But his leadership following the July 7 shooting deaths of the officers drew praise from President Barack Obama and others.

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