Chief Jimmy Spivey of the Richardson Police Department in Texas sadly reports the death of Officer David Sherrard.

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. The investigation of this incident is being conducted by the Plano Police Department.

“It’s the hardest day we’ve ever had,” Spivey said in a Thursday press conference. “We’re not doing well. But…this is a police department of professionals. It is an emotionally trying, traumatic day, but they’re out there doing the things they do best serving this community.”

“He exemplified the professionalism, heroism, and strong character inherent in all Richardson police officers,” the department said in a Facebook post Thursday.

“We are grieving and deeply hurt by this loss.”

Texas Gov. Greg Abbott sent a tweet Thursday in which he said, “The hearts and soul of Texas mourn with you.”

“Your loss is a loss to all law enforcement and everyone in our great state. Texas will honor the lost officer with the dignity he deserves. May God rest his soul. And may his legacy live on in others’ service,” he said.

David Sherrard served the Richardson Police Department for 13 years. In addition to his road patrol functions, he was a member of the agency’s SWAT team. Moreover, he is the first officer in the history of the Richardson Police Department to be killed in the line of duty.

Sherrard’s wife and two daughters survive him.

Officer David Sherrard is gone, but will never be forgotten. EOW: Wednesday, February 7, 2018.

David Sherrard

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