Richardson officer mourned
By DAVID WARREN
Feb. 8, 2018 at 11:42 p.m.
DALLAS — A gunman who mortally wounded a suburban Dallas police officer likely killed a second man before barricading himself in an apartment and randomly firing his weapon during the standoff, authorities said Thursday.
It's believed that Brandon De McCall, 26, fatally shot an acquaintance at an apartment complex in Richardson on Wednesday evening, according to officials. Responding officers found the body of Rene Gamez, 30, on a landing and then went to a nearby apartment where they encountered McCall.
Officer David Sherrard, 37, was shot as he entered the apartment. He fell back out of the apartment and was pulled away by other officers, according to Richardson police Chief Jim Spivey. Sherrard, a married father of two daughters, later died at a hospital.
Sherrard is the first to die on duty in the 63-year history of the Richardson department, Spivey said during a news conference.
"It's the hardest day we've ever had," Spivey said. "We're not doing well."
McCall eventually surrendered to police early Thursday. Witnesses said McCall repeatedly shouted "I'm sorry" as he was being led away.
He was being held Thursday at the Collin County jail on a charge of capital murder of a peace officer.