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Colorado Deputy Fatally Shot, 4 Others Injured, While Responding To Domestic Disturbance

12 January 2018, 09:30 | Erica Roy

'Multiple' Deputies Hit in Colorado Shooting, Officials Say

David Morgan of Highlands Ranch Colo. holds an American flag as a procession of law enforcement vehicles accompany a hearse carrying the body of a sheriff's deputy shot and killed while responding to a domestic disturbance Sunday Dec. 31 2017

Campus security's concerns were validated when Colorado authorities responded to a complaint of verbal disturbance at an apartment complex in Highlands Ranch, nearly 20 miles south of Denver.

"All of them were shot very, very quickly and they all went down nearly within seconds of each other", Spurlock told reporters at a news conference, calling it an "ambush-type" attack.

Four other officers were injured during the incident, they are Deputy Mike Doyle, 28-year old, Deputy Taylor Davis, 30-year old, Deputy Jeffrey Pelle, 32-year old and Castle Rock Police Department SWAT Officer Tom O'Donnell, 41-year old.

Spurlock said deputies came under fire nearly immediately after entering a suburban Denver apartment and trying to talk with the suspect, who was holed up inside a bedroom.

A law enforcement motorcade accompanied the fallen officer from a hospital in nearby Littleton to the coroner's office on Sunday.

The suspected gunman was also shot and the sheriff's office says he's believed to be dead.

Pictured, Deputy Zackari Parrish of the Douglas County, Colorado Police Department.Deputy Zackari Parrish pictured with his two daughters.Deputy Zackari Parrish: 'God never uses anyone greatly until he tests them deeply'.

Parrish leaves behind a wife and two children.

Residents in the area were put on "code red" alert and told to stay inside away from windows during the incident.

Commenting on the wounds to his officers, he told reporters: All of them were shot very, very quickly and they all went down nearly within seconds of each other.

The Denver Post reports Riehl in November started posting YouTube videos in which he voiced his anger toward Lone Tree Police Department officers.

After they spoke with the roommate in the apartment, they left, the sheriff's office said.

The wounded officers attempted to pull Parrish, who was hit several times, to safety, but were unable to due to their wounds, Spurlock said at the news conference.

President Donald Trump offered condolences on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

9NEWS has learned the suspect responsible for the "ambush-style" attack on officers in Douglas County Sunday morning is Matthew Riehl.

Officers left the scene at 3:44 a.m. but returned at 5:17 a.m. and were given a key and permission to enter the apartment by a male.

"During the Investigation, shots were fired and multiple deputies were injured".

A hospital where three people were taken for treatment said they had suffered non-critical injuries.

The sheriff said that from talking to Parrish's widow, it seemed that being a deputy was special for him.

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