One deputy dead, others shot in incident near Denver
© Getty Images

One officer was killed and four other deputies were shot after responding to a disturbance near Denver on Sunday.

The incident took place at the Copper Canyon Apartments in Highlands Ranch, Colo., which is roughly 15 miles south of Denver, around 5:15 a.m. 

The call, which was thought to be domestic issue, turned out to be an unrelated disturbance. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Douglas County Sherrif Tony Spurlock described the incident as an "ambush type of attack" because the suspect was aware the police were coming. 

The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said two civilians were also shot, and the suspect is dead. 

The office had initially said that there were "multiple deputies down" after they responded to a domestic disturbance call and shots were fired.

Police told residents to avoid the area.

  

 

"They went into the house at the same time," Spurlock said in a press conference on Sunday. 

"All of them were shot very, very quickly," he continued. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Zackari Parrish was identified as the officer who was killed in the attack. 

He had served in the department for seven months before he was killed. 

The wounded officers were identified as Mike DoyleMichael (Mike) F. DoyleHillicon Valley: Trump turns up heat on Apple over gunman's phone | Mnuchin says Huawei won't be 'chess piece' in trade talks | Dems seek briefing on Iranian cyber threats | Buttigieg loses cyber chief House Democrats request briefings on Iranian cyber threats from DHS, FCC Hillicon Valley: Lawmakers say Facebook deepfake ban falls short | House passes bills to win 5G race | Feds sound alarm on cyberthreat from Iran | Ivanka Trump appearance at tech show sparks backlash MORE, Tom O'Donnell, Taylor Davis and Jeff Pelle. 

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group MORE offered his condolences to the Douglas County Sheriff's Department on Sunday, and the FBI tweeted it had offered its full support.  

  

Sen. Cory GardnerCory Scott GardnerDemocrats feel political momentum swinging to them on impeachment Senate Republicans confident they'll win fight on witnesses Tensions between McConnell and Schumer run high as trial gains momentum MORE (R-Colo.) said his "heart breaks for all of those affected" by the attack. 

"Our law enforcement officers work tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe and today all of Colorado stands with our law enforcement community," he continued. 

— This post was updated at 3:26 p.m.