Five deputies and two other people were shot in Douglas County Sunday morning. One of the deputies, Zackari Parrish has died, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.
The deceased deputy has been identified as 29-year-old Zackari Parrish. He is survived by his wife and two ‘very young’ children.
“He was hit multiple times,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock stated.
“Zack was a good kid, a smiley kid,” Spurlock said. “His wife told me today that he loved this job. Loved it more than any other job he’d had.”
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Zackari,” Spurlock said. “When I sat with his wife and held her hand I could see in her eyes that her life was over.”
The other deputies who were shot were identified as Mike Doyle, 28, Taylor Davis, 30, and Jeff Pelle, 32. Castle Rock Police Department Officer Tom O’Donnell, 41, was also shot.
Deputy Pelle is the son of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle.
“Jeff underwent surgery as a result of his injuries, and is recovering,” the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office tweeted.
“We are currently with our son and his wife,” Sheriff Pelle and his wife, Stephanie, were quoted as stating. “He is in good spirits considering the gravity and severity of what occurred earlier this morning. 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.”
The other three deputies are in stable condition, according to Sheriff Spurlock.
The civilian victims are expected to survive.
The suspect has been shot is dead, the sheriff’s office confirmed.
A procession escorted the deceased deputy from Littleton Hospital to the Douglas County Coroner’s Office.
The procession caused delays on Broadway, C470 and southbound Interstate 25.
An emergency call came in just after 6:30 a.m. about a domestic violence incident at Copper Canyon Apartments. The apartments are located near County Line Road between Colorado Boulevard and University Boulevard.
A code red alert was issued to citizens in the area at about 7:15 a.m., warning them to shelter in place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls.
A Code Red was sent out regarding this incident. Any citizens in the affected area are instructed to shelter in place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls.
Sheriff Spurlock said once officers got to the scene, they determined it was not a domestic violence situation but a person causing a disturbance.
Two men live in the apartment unit and one man answered the door and let the deputies in.
It’s not clear what happened next, but the suspect began shooting.
The deputies were shot in a matter of seconds, Spurlock said. The suspect fired more than 100 shots.
Four of the deputies were able to crawl to safety, but Parrish was unconscious and they had to leave him behind, Spurlock said.
Highway C-470 was closed due to the police activity and investigation and an emergency shelter was set up for people affected.
The sheriff’s office said the shelter was set up at East Ridge Rec Center, located at 9568 University Boulevard in Highlands Ranch.
C-470 was shut down from Quebec Street to University and County Line was closed from Colorado to University during the incident.
The suspect is familiar to investigators and Sheriff Spurlock said he had been in contact with multiple local jurisdictions in the past. No other information about the suspect was released.