Flags lowered to half-staff in honor of fallen Texas police officer

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RICHARDSON, Texas (KWTX) Gov. Greg Abbott Friday ordered state flags lowered to half-staff in Richardson in honor of veteran Richardson police Officer David Sherrard, 37, who died after he was shot in the neck as Richardson police responded to a disturbance call Wednesday night at an apartment complex in the Dallas suburb

Officer David Sherrard. (Richardson Police Dept. photo)

Sherrard was 13-year veteran and a member of the department’s SWAT team.

“Officer David Sherrard was devoted to his family, faith and protecting the City of Richardson, and Cecilia and I express our deepest condolences to all those affected by this tragic loss,” Abbott said.

“A selfless public servant, Officer Sherrard answered the call to duty in service to his community, and his sacrifice will not be forgotten. I ask all Texans to keep the family, the Richardson Police Department, and all first responders across the state, in their thoughts and prayers as we remember Officer Sherrard.”

Rene Gamez, 30, a resident of the apartment in which the gunman was barricaded, also died in the shooting.

Plano police spokesman David Tilley says the suspected gunman and Gamez knew each other, but the nature of their relationship wasn't immediately clear.

The shooting sparked a standoff with the suspect, who randomly fired a weapon throughout the night.

Police say the incident began about 7 p.m. Wednesday as Sherrard was checking on a report of a disturbance at the apartment complex in Richardson.

Sherrard was taken to a hospital in nearby Plano.

About three hours later, Richardson police reported that he had died.

“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.