Officer shot during standoff dies in hospital in Texas
Raw video: Officer rushed to the hospital after getting shot in the neck during a stand-off of the apartment complex.
A Texas police department and the community are mourning the death of an officer killed in the line of duty Wednesday night.
Officer David Sherrard, 37, an officer with the Richardson Police department, was fatally shot in an hour-long stand-off. Sherrard responds to a disturbance call at an apartment complex.
Officials went to a nearby apartment where they found a man who was shot. A stalemate ensued with a suspect, who was identified by authorities as Brandon McCall, 26.
Brandon McCall was charged with capital murder.
(Collin County Sheriff’s Office)
The police said McCall fired his weapon temporarily in the course of the conflict, but was later taken into custody. Sherrard was reportedly shot in the neck and died in a hospital about three hours later, FOX 4 reported.
McCall was reportedly heard to apologize when he was arrested.
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The suspect is being held at the Collin County jail on a capital murder charge. Online jail records do not indicate whether he had a lawyer. Dallas News reported, McCall has a criminal record, which included possession of a controlled substance in 2017.
A second man was shot, Rene Gamez, 30, died from his wounds. Dallas News reported Gamez lived in the complex.
Officer David Sherrard was killed in the line of duty Wednesday, Feb. 7, 2018.
Richardson police chief Jim Spivey said Sherrard was the first officer to die on duty in the department of history. He was also the first officer, who was killed in Texas this year. Sherrard was a veteran of the force for more than a dozen years and was a married father with two daughters.
“It is a sad day for the Richardson Police Department. This is the first officer who is killed in the line of duty in our department in our 63-year history. As you can imagine, the trauma caused to our department,” Spivey said at a press conference on Thursday.
Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted his condolences to the officer’s family Wednesday.
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The heart and soul of Texas mourn with you. Your loss is a loss for all law enforcement officers, and everyone in our great state. Texas honor the lost officer with the dignity that he deserves. May God rest his soul. And maybe his legacy lives on in those of others-service. #txlege #BackTheBlue https://t.co/oEetBYgN6x
— Greg Abbott (@GregAbbott_TX) February 8, 2018
“The heart and soul of Texas mourn with you. Your loss is a loss for all law enforcement officers, and everyone in our great state. Texas honor the lost officer with the dignity that he deserves. May God rest his soul. And maybe his legacy lives on in others”,” Abbott said.
Sherrard woman, Nicole, mourned the loss of her husband on Facebook.
“I still can’t believe that this is real!!! He seriously was the greatest man on earth!!! He loved me more than I ever deserved and I am broken!! I close my eyes and all I see his smiling face and it’s like a movie with only flashes of memories more than 20 years!! I was blessed to be his first friend and his only true love and he loved me and our daughters so much! Pray for us!! I’m flooded with texts and messages and FB comments. He was a very loved man by so many,” she wrote.
Friend and police officer Steve Hooten also shared his thoughts.
“February 7 is a day that will forever be marked as the day of the Richardson Police Department lost one of the best officers I have ever known. David Sherrard was the police that you would like to see in your house, under any circumstance. As a fellow officer, he was the type of policeman we want to with us on a high risk call. An officer who you would never ask if he you back. We have never questioned his courage.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.