Deputy killed in Douglas County apartment complex shooting identified

Deputy killed in Douglas County apartment complex shooting identified

The deputies responded to a call of shots fired at the Copper Canyon Apartment Homes in Douglas County, about 26km south of Denver, around 6am (local time), said Jason Blanchard, a spokesman for the sheriff's office.

The officers "were shot very, very quickly", Spurlock told reporters. The suspect was also neutralised. Suspect shot & believed to be dead & no longer a threat.

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Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish was pronounced dead at the hospital, where other law enforcement soon after formed a large memorial procession heading to the county coroner's office. Five deputies were shot, one fatally, when they responded to a "verbal disturbance" at 5:14 AM New Year's Eve Sunday.

A procession for the fallen officer will take place from Littleton Hospital.

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A major road was shut down after the shootout in Highlands Ranch, and residents in the vicinity were asked to shelter in place, and avoid windows and exterior walls. "Please avoid this area".

An emergency shelter has been set up at Highlands Ranch Recreation Center at Eastridge at 9568 S University Blvd. "He loved to serve", Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said.

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The four other officers who were injured are in stable condition, and the two civilians suffered non-life-threatening injuries.

9NEWS has a crew on the scene and will update this story as more information is released.

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