1 Deputy Killed, 4 Hurt in Colo. Shooting Incident: Police

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31 December 2017 | 7:30 pm

Five sheriff’s deputies were shot, one fatally, and a suspect is dead after an early morning incident in Douglas County, Colorado, the sheriff’s office there said.

The sheriff’s office tweeted that there were “multiple deputies down” after officers responded around 5 a.m. Sunday to a verbal disturbance at the Copper Canyon Apartments on County Line Road between Colorado Boulevard and University Boulevard.

Almost immediately, Sheriff Tony Spurlock told reporters later Sunday, the officers were met with gunfire from the suspect. Spurlock described it as an “ambush attack” on the officers.

The suspect fired “well over 100 rounds” and shot five deputies total, killing one, Spurlock said. He also shot two civilians before being shot and killed.

Deputy Zachary Parish, 29, was identified as the officer killed. Later Sunday, a motorcade procession began at Littleton Hospital for Parish.

President Donald Trump tweeted about the incident Sunday afternoon, writing, “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”

The sheriff’s office had advised people in the area “to shelter in place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls.”

An emergency shelter was set up “due to the size” of the incident, the sheriff’s office said. “If anyone has been displaced from their homes due to this event please feel free to head there.”

Multiple agencies were on accident alert due to the incident, including Douglas County, Parker Police Department, Lone Tree Police Department, Castle Rock Police Department and Colorado State Patrol.

NBC affiliate 9News reported that drivers involved in accidents were asked “not to call law enforcement unless a driver is impaired, it’s a hit and run, someone is injured or dead or if damaged vehicles are blocking the road.”

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