"It looked like he was hunting us," police Sgt. Brian Lee Alcorn stated in the affidavits
By Valerie Wigglesworth
The Dallas Morning News
RICHARDSON, Texas — Richardson police
responding to a disturbance on Feb. 7 found themselves caught in an
ambush with a man armed with an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle, according to
newly released documents in the fatal shooting of a veteran Richardson
officer and another man at an apartment complex.
"It looked like he was hunting us," police Sgt. Brian Lee Alcorn stated in the affidavits.
Brandon McCall, 26, was eventually taken into custody on a charge of
capital murder of a peace officer in connection with the death of
13-year police veteran David Sherrard. McCall's friend, 30-year-old Rene
Gamez, was also killed that night.
On Thursday, authorities
formally charged McCall with seven counts of aggravated assault with a
deadly weapon in connection with the attack on police who entered the
apartment that night. He is being held in the Collin County Detention
Center in McKinney. There is no bond listed on the capital murder
charge; his bond on the aggravated assault charges totals $1.75 million.
Richardson police turned the investigation over to Plano Police. Their investigation into the fatal shootings continues.
attorney Edwin King was appointed to represent McCall along with
co-counsel Philip Hayes. King said Thursday he had not seen the
affidavits in what he described as "a horrific tragedy."
forward one step at a time," he said, adding that the case is still in
its early stages and his client has not yet been indicted. "There's a
lot going on here. We'll just have to wait for our day in court."
documents, signed by a judge and released Thursday, provide a glimpse
into the chaotic scene that night based on statements from officers
whose actions were recorded on their body cameras.
officers to arrive at the Breckinridge Point apartment complex on Renner
Road around 7 p.m. found Gamez unconscious outside his third-floor
apartment. Gamez had been shot in the back of the leg and was bleeding
profusely, documents state. One witness said they heard Gamez say, "I'm
Paramedics started treating him there outside the
apartment. For safety reasons, they moved him to the second floor, where
After some discussion among officers at the scene, they
"decided to enter and clear said apartment due to the possibility that
someone else might be inside and need help," the affidavit stated.
shouts of "Police" could be heard after Alcorn kicked the locked door
five times and it swung open. Seven officers stormed inside.
was the first. As he approached a hallway, two consecutive shots came
from the suspect holed up in a back bedroom. Both rounds struck Sherrard
in the upper torso, the affidavits state.
The video showed six
seconds had elapsed between the officers' entry and Sherrard's fatal
injuries. The husband and father of two girls never fired his own
weapon, evidence shows.
Sherrard dropped his firearm and
flashlight and walked out the door on his own. As he stepped outside, he
told a sergeant, "I'm hit, I'm hit."
Sherrard was taken to a Plano hospital, where he died at about 8:03 p.m.
'Determined on killing officers'
shooting inside the apartment continued between the suspect and the
police. Alcorn stated he looked down the hallway and saw a man lying
prone on the floor, "moving his head back and forth looking around,"
according to the affidavit.
Alcorn described seeing the barrel of a gun and what appeared to be a large eye like a Cyclops.
Police later recovered an AR-15 semiautomatic rifle "equipped with a SIG Sauer Optic scope." They also discovered two shotguns.
Eddie Nelson Ruiz-Gonzalez, the fourth one through the apartment
door, said he exchanged gunfire with the suspect as he became trapped
near a wall.
"I could feel the suspect's rounds flying by me," he
stated. "As I took cover, I observed the shooter in a prone position
near a bed. At that moment, it was clear that this was an ambush."
and the other five remaining officers ended up in the kitchen.
Ruiz-Gonzalez stated he tried to negotiate with McCall, who responded
"Every time the suspect would moan as if he had been
injured, we would try and look towards the room, and he would fire more
rounds at us as if [he] was baiting us," Officer Jose Rafael Perez
stated in the affidavit.
The trapped officers radioed for someone
to bring a ballistic shield. Sgt. Chad Swiere soon arrived. He entered
the apartment, holding the shield in front of him and allowing enough
room behind him for officers to squeeze out the door one by one.
The shooter "seemed determined on killing officers," Swiere stated in the affidavit.
Negotiations continued until McCall surrendered at about 11:45 p.m. The unarmed man stepped out of the apartment.
As officers led him down the stairs, he continually yelled, "I'm sorry!"
'Because I wanted to'
McCall was taken to the hospital for a checkup and treatment for exposure to tear gas, according to the affidavit.
the hospital, he told a Plano detective that he accidentally shot Gamez
as his friend was leaving. McCall stated he was using a shotgun as a
crutch when the weapon accidentally discharged. Police found two metal
crutches on the floor in the apartment's living room.
The detective asked why he shot at police.
"Because I wanted to," McCall replied.
to the affidavit, McCall made two phone calls from the Collin County
Detention Center on Feb. 10. In both calls, he described what happened
at the apartment and said he knew what he was doing.