Gunman fired more than 100 rounds in deadly battle with officers near Denver
Authorities in Colorado say a gunman fired more than 100 rounds in a battle with law enforcement officers Sunday morning that ended in the death of a sheriff's deputy and injury of four other officers as well as two civilians.
The officer killed has been identified as Deputy Zackari Parrish. He was 29 years old, married with two children and had been with the department for approximately seven months.
The incident happened in a suburb of Denver.
Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the suspect was also killed.
The gunfire broke out as deputies responded to a report of domestic violence. The sheriff likened the attacks on the officers to an ambush.
The four officers injured were listed in stable condition Sunday afternoon and the injuries to the civilians are not considered to be life-threatening.
A line of officers on motorcycles and in patrol cars left the hospital where the fallen deputy was taken after the shooting.
Someone stood on the sidewalk holding an American flag as the procession turned onto the street. Two other people unfurled a flag through the fencing of a nearby highway overpass as the procession passed.
President Donald Trump offered his condolences to the victims via Twitter stating, "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!"
**Copper Canyon OIS Update**- Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance resulting in shots fired. 5 deputies shot by suspect. 1 deputy confirmed deceased. 2 civilians also shot by suspect. Suspect shot & believed to be dead & no longer a threat. #CopperCanyonOIS— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017
UPDATE 0513 this morning deputies responded to he Copper Canyon Apartments for a Domestic Disturbance. During the Investigation, shots were fired and multiple deputies were injured. No status on the deputies and no status on civilian injuries. Please avoid this area.— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017