Richardson grieves for police officer shot on duty

A quiet night turned deadly for a Richardson police officer who responded to a disturbance call at the Breckinridge Pointe apartment complex in Richardson Feb. 7. Thirty-seven-year-old David Sherrard was shot in the neck and taken to Medical City Plano hospital where he died from his injuries. He was the first officer to die in the line of duty in the 63-year history of the Richardson Police Department.

A bystander was also killed. Thirty-year-old Rene Gamez was found shot in the doorway of the apartment where the suspect, 26-year-old Brandon de McCall, barricaded himself in an hours-long standoff. According to investigators, Gamez and McCall knew each other but the extent of the relationship remains unclear.

Richardson Police Department spokesman Sgt. Kevin Perlich said McCall remained inside the apartment and officers cornered the individual into custody.

Sherrie, who only wants to go by her first name, is a resident at the Breckinridge Pointe apartments. She said police blocked the entrance to the apartment when she arrived and told residents there was an active shooter on the premises.

“There were several shots. I heard there was about 50 shots at first, and the police officers responded, and I guess the police officer got shot,” Sherrie said. She described the complex as a “very quiet community.”

“I came here to get out of North Dallas. I was living on Skillman and Audelia and was trying to get away from the violence,” she said.

The case has been turned over to the Plano Police Department. McCall was charged with capital murder and is being held at the Colin County Jail.

Sherrard was a 14-year SWAT veteran of the Richardson Police Department. He leaves behind a wife and two daughters. The officer’s police cruiser has been turned into a makeshift memorial where members of the community have left flowers, balloons and letters of support. It is parked outside police headquarters.

According to the Richardson Police Department’s Facebook page, a donation page has been set up for the Sherrard family. The Assist the Officer Foundation will donate 100% of the funds to the family. Donations can be made at  Funeral arrangements were pending at press time.