ARLINGTON, Texas – It was emotional at Globe Life Park Saturday night for the family of a slain Texas police officer.

Emily Sherrard walked out to the pitcher’s mound before the Texas Rangers played the Seattle Mariners. Yet she wasn’t alone.

On law enforcement appreciation night at the ballpark, Emily was there to throw out the first pitch before the game. She threw it right down the middle, reported NBCDFW.

Her father, David Sherrard, 37, was a Richardson police officer. In February, he was killed in the line of duty – the first Richardson police officer to be killed on the job in the department’s 63-year history.

Law Enforcement Today reported the following details at Sherrard’s line of duty death:

Officer Sherrard along several other officers responded to a disturbance call with shots being fired at the Breckenridge Point apartment complex. When officers arrived they located a male victim suffering from a gunshot wound. They were able to quickly determine which apartment the gunshots originated from.

As officers made entry into the apartment, the suspect opened fire on the officers. Sherrard was struck in the neck by one of the rounds and fell backwards. As a result, officers retreated from the apartment bringing him to safety. Consequently, the suspect barricaded himself inside the apartment for several hours until he was convinced to surrender by SWAT team negotiators.

Sherrard was transported to Medical City Plano where he underwent emergency surgery, but succumbed to the gunshot wound. 

Officer Sherrard’s police partner, Victor Diaz, accompanied Emily to the mound for that emotional moment, which drew a standing ovation from the crowd.

“She did perfect,” said Diaz. “It was a great throw right to him, and she was real nervous, but she killed it.”

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Diaz says the Richardson Police Department is still healing from the loss of his former partner.

The night at the ballpark helped.

“It’s definitely a hard job and it’s hard on our families as well,” he said. “It’s fun to just let loose out here and spend the night with brothers in blue and family and friends.”

David Sherrard

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