Collin County

Jury Views Body Camera Video on Day 1 of Accused Cop Killer's Trial

Brandon McCall faces the death penalty if convicted

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A man accused in the deadly shooting of two men, including a Richardson police officer, in February 2018 pleaded not guilty Monday morning in a Collin County courtroom.

The Collin County District Attorney will seek the death penalty for Brandon McCall, who is accused of the shooting of Richardson police officer David Sherrard and Rene Gamez II, who McCall was staying with at the time, on Feb. 7, 2018.

Investigators said McCall shot Gamez, 30, inside his apartment and then shot Sherrard twice as he responded to the "shots fired" call.

Prosecutors said Monday the first shot ricocheted off Sherrard's body camera and the second shot ricocheted off his microphone before it struck him in the chest.

On the stand, fellow officers said they didn't know at the time how bad Sherrard was injured. Jurors watched body camera video, showing what led to the shooting and the moment Sherrard was shot.

Officers testified they hid in the kitchen during a gun battle with McCall. One officer said he saw McCall staring down the scope of his rifle "hunting" for his next target.

After Sherrard was shot, an hours-long standoff and shootout ensued.

The SWAT team would use more than 60 rounds of tear gas before McCall surrendered.

Officers said they used Sherrard's handcuffs to arrest McCall to symbolically take Sherrard's killer into custody, Assistant District Attorney Bill Wirskye said.

Sherrard, 37, was a 14-year veteran of the Richardson Police Department.

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