Retired police officer killed in hit and run in downtown Detroit, suspect arrested

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The Sterling Heights Police Department says a man killed in a hit-and-run accident in Downtown Detroit was a retired police officer.

Daryl Brown, 50, was killed early Friday morning when police said a drunk driver hit him as he crossed the street at Jefferson and Beaubian.


According to Detroit Police, the victim was crossing the street when the suspect hit him and then fled the scene. Detroit Police were able to locate and arrest the suspect in a silver Pontiac. Police say the driver was cooperative. 

Brown was taken to a nearby hospital where he later died.

Brown spent 26 years with the Sterling Heights Police Department. 

Sterling Heights Police released this statement on Brown's death:

"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."

The city said the death of brown was 'devastating'.

The suspect has not been identified.