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Retired Sterling Heights police sergeant struck, killed by alleged drunk driver in downtown Detroit

Posted at 3:50 AM, Dec 21, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-21 17:19:06-05

DETROIT (WXYZ) — A retired police sergeant died after he was struck by an alleged drunk driver early Friday in downtown Detroit.

Police say Daryl Brown, 50, was crossing the street at Beaubien and Jefferson when the suspect hit the him and fled the scene. Detroit police officers located and arrested the 30-year-old driver.

“Our Sterling Heights Police family is devastated at the loss of retired Sterling Heights Police Sergeant Daryl Brown. Sergeant Brown dedicated 26 years of his life to this city working as a road officer, narcotics officer and many years as a sergeant in our traffic safety bureau,” said Police Chief Dale Dwojakowski. “Daryl will always be remembered for his big smile and his caring spirit. As great of a police officer Daryl was, he was an even better father and friend. Sergeant Brown spent the majority of his life protecting the residents of Sterling Heights. We ask that everyone please keep his wife, two young children and all of his family in your thoughts and prayers.”

Sterling Heights Mayor Michael C. Taylor said he and members of City Council were devastated to learn about the loss.

“Our sincerest condolences go out to Sergeant Brown’s family during this difficult time,” Taylor said. “It is truly devastating to the entire City of Sterling Heights family to lose someone who was so special in such a senseless way. Sergeant Brown will be remembered in Sterling Heights for his years of dedicated service to our Police force.”