Colorado deputy killed, 4 others shot dead in an ambush-style attack outside of Denver

Colorado deputy Zackari Parrish, 29, was killed during an ambush-style attack in Denver.

A New Year’s Eve domestic disturbance call led to an “ambush-style” attack that left one deputy dead, four others injured and two civilians injured in an apartment complex just south of Denver.

The suspect fired approximately 100 rounds with a rifle in the Copper Canyon apartment community in Highlands Ranch, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said.

**Copper Canyon OIS Update** Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance in shots. 5 deputies shot by the suspect. 1 deputy confirmed death. 2 citizens also shot by the suspect. Suspect shot & supposed to be dead and no longer a threat. #CopperCanyonOIS

— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017

“They went down, almost within a few seconds of each other,” Spurlock said.

The unnamed suspect, who died during the attack, was known to law enforcement, Spurlock said. He did not reveal exactly how the suspect died.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office says five deputies were shot in an apartment community in Highlands Ranch, Colo.

(Fox 31 Denver)

Spurlock determined that the deceased official in the 29-year-old Zackari Parrish, who had been a Douglas County deputy for seven months.

“I can’t tell you how hard it is for a leader to sit down with a spouse of an officer killed in the line of duty,” Spurlock said. “They had a lot of hopes and dreams. He was doing his job and he did his work well.”

Parrish is survived by his wife and two children and previously worked for two years at the Castle Rock Police Department.

DCSO Column for our fallen Deputy #CopperCanyonOIS

— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017

The wounded officers: Representatives Mike Doyle, 28; Taylor Davis, 30; and Jeffrey Pelle, 32; and Castle Rock police officer Tom O’donnell, 41, said to be in a stable condition. The citizens had suffered non-life-threatening injuries, Spurlock said.

Pelle is the son of the Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, Fox 31 Denver reported.

The police previously said residents of the area should shelter in place and avoid windows. Multiple law enforcement agencies and a SWAT team responded to the scene.

My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County @DCSheriff, and their families. We love our police and law enforcement – God Bless them all! #LESM

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) December 31, 2017

Local media later reported gunshots heard in the middle of a stream of firetrucks and emergency vehicles entering the area.

Steven Silknitter, who lives in the complex, told the Denver Post that he was working elsewhere when he is the word of the shooting and called home to speak with his fiancee.

“Zack was always there for his friends. The giving of scriptural advice to friends, need advice, or offering of his free time helping his friends with their own projects. Zack was selfless and a true friend to all who knew him.” #KDVR

— Ashley Michels (@ReporterAshley) December 31, 2017

“She was very scared,” Silknitter said. “They just kept saying how hard it was.”

President Donald Trump tweeted that he has offered his “deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting.”

A flag stands guard outside cases officer Zack Parrish’s house, while a blue ribbon blowing in the wind. Both were posted by a neighbor this morning #KDVR

— Ashley Michels (@ReporterAshley) December 31, 2017

Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, also a statement saying: “our thoughts and prayers” were with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and the family and friends of Deputy Parrish.

“We can only imagine the depth of grief that they experienced,” he said. “We also hope for a speedy recovery for the Douglas County deputies and Castle Rock police officer injured in the incident, as well as the residents who were also affected.

He added, “The call to protect and serve, often leads to this ultimate sacrifice. We are grateful for the service of the Deputy-Parrish, his fellow deputies, and that of the Castle Rock police. We pray for their and their families ‘ strength and resolve in the days and months ahead.”

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