A Collin County jury late Thursday sentenced to death Brandon McCall, the man found guilty of capital murder in the shooting death of Richardson police officer David Sherrard two years ago.
The jury reached the decision shortly before 10 p.m. after more than eight hours of deliberations.
“This is for David Sherrard,” Judge John Roach said to McCall as he formally sentenced him.
The same jury found McCall guilty Feb. 19 in the Feb. 7, 2018 killing of 37-year-old David Sherrard, a 14-year veteran of the department who is survived by his wife and two daughters. McCall is also charged with the murder of Rene Gamez on the same day, a crime for which he will be tried at a later date.
McCall was given an option to speak during the sentencing hearing Thursday, but he declined.
After the sentencing, Sherrard's wife and police family spoke out.
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"I am very grateful and feel very blessed that the jury decided to go with the death penalty and I feel like justice for Dave has been done," his wife Nicole Sherrard said.
Richardson Police Chief Jim Spivey agreed.
"I am so happy that we're in Collin County and there are good people who are willing to hold evil accountable," Spivey said.
Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis said the punishment sends a message.
"What they said by their verdict is that police officers matter, that laws matter," Willis said.
Investigators said McCall shot Gamez, who McCall was staying with at the time, inside Gamez's apartment and then shot Sherrard twice as he responded to the "shots fired" call. Sherrard was shot twice in what a prosecutor described in court Tuesday as an ambush.
Editor's note: A previous version of this story identified the jury as being from Dallas County. The story has been corrected to show the jury is from Collin County.