Ex-Dallas police chief, Dallas County sheriff dies

DALLAS,TX (AP) - Don Byrd, who served as Dallas police chief through much of the 1970s before serving one term as Dallas County sheriff, had died at his home in Oklahoma after a long illness. He was 84.

A statement from the Dallas County Sheriff's Department Monday says Byrd died Sunday after suffering ill health since having a stroke last year.

Byrd served 20 years on the Dallas police force and was an assistant chief before taking the police chief's job in Albuquerque, N.M., in 1972. He returned in 1973 to be chief of the Dallas Police Department.

In 1979, he left to wage a successful campaign for the Dallas County sheriff's position, where he served one term before losing to Jim Bowles in the Republican primary. Bowles went on to win election.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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