Update, Sunday, 3:09 p.m.: The Douglas County sheriff’s deputy killed in an early Sunday morning ambush was identified as 29–year–old Zackari Parrish, a father of two young children. The gunman, who has not yet been identified publicly, ambushed the officers as they responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at the shooter’s residence, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said in a news conference.
Spurlock said the gunman fired at least 100 rounds from a rifle, and four deputies who initially arrived at the residence “all went down, almost within seconds of each other,” The Denver Post reported.
Deputies had been at the same residence responding to a noise complaint a few hours before the attack.
Four deputies are in stable condition and the two civilians have non–life–threatening injuries, reporter Amanda del Castillo tweeted, citing the sheriff.
Among the injured deputies is Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle’s son, Jeff.
“Earlier this morning, our son, Douglas County sheriff’s deputy, Jeff Pelle, was shot during the Copper Canyon shooting. Jeff underwent surgery as a result of his injuries, and is recovering,” Sheriff Pelle said in a statement on Twitter. “Our hearts ache for all those involved, and we are not only praying for Jeff’s recovery, but for the recovery of everyone involved, and for the family of the fallen deputy.”
Update, Sunday, 1:49 p.m.:President Donald Trump tweeted his condolences to the shooting victims. “We love our police and law enforcement,” Trump stated.
Update, Sunday, 12:52 p.m.: The sheriff’s office held a motorcade procession for the deputy killed in the shootout. The procession left from the Littleton Adventist Hospital:
Update, Sunday, 11:36 a.m.: The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office reports that the suspect shot a total of five deputies and two civilians. One deputy was killed. Police then shot the suspect, who is believed to also be dead.
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Multiple sheriff’s deputies have been wounded in an ongoing shooting incident in Douglas County, just south of Denver, CO, according to local police and news reports. A SWAT team and bomb squad currently are on the scene, The Denver Post reported.
“We have multiple officers down,” Deputy Jason Blanchard told the newspaper on Sunday morning. “We are not giving numbers or status at this point, we are still working on getting the suspect in custody.”
According to NBC9 News, a domestic disturbance call early Sunday morning at a Highlands Ranch apartment complex led to the multiple shootings. Sheriff’s deputies responded to the call just after 5 a.m. local time.
The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department advised residents in the area to take shelter, avoid windows, and stay clear of exterior walls.
In its latest report, NBC9 said a local medical center had reported receiving three patients in non–critical condition. Four other people were taken to a second hospital, according to the Post, although these reports are preliminary and no official statement on the number of wounded has been issued yet.
Authorities set up an emergency shelter in Highlands Ranch for residents displaced from their homes due to the incident. Several nearby roads are closed.
This story is developing.