Two civilians also were shot by Matthew Riehl, 37, in Highlands Ranch, located 15 miles south of Denver, officials confirmed. Deputies confirmed that the suspect was shot and was “believed to be dead.”
The deputy killed was identified as Zackari Parrish, 29, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said Sunday at a news conference.
"Zack was a smiley kid," Spurlock said."(He was) eager to work, eager to serve."
Four other law enforcement officers who were shot are all in stable condition, Spurlock said. They are Mike Doyle, 28; Taylor Davis, 30; Jeff Pelle, 32;and Tom O’Donnell, 41.
**Copper Canyon OIS Update**- Deputies responded to a domestic disturbance resulting in shots fired. 5 deputies shot by suspect. 1 deputy confirmed deceased. 2 civilians also shot by suspect. Suspect shot & believed to be dead & no longer a threat. #CopperCanyonOIS
Riehl posted a YouTube video Dec. 13, where he said he wanted to replace Spurlock and railed against the sheriff and other officers in profane, highly personal terms.
Three patients with non-critical injuries were treated and released from Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree, hospital spokeswoman Linda Watson said.
The Boulder County Sheriff's Office confirmed via its Twitter account that Pelle, son of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, was among those injured in the shooting, KMGH reported. Through a spokesman, Joe Pelle tweeted a statement about his son’s condition.
Statement from Sheriff Pelle (Part 1 of 4):
“Earlier this morning, our son, Douglas County sheriff’s deputy, Jeff Pelle, was shot during the Copper Canyon shooting. Jeff underwent surgery as a result of his injuries, and is recovering. #CopperCanyonOIS
(2/4) “Additional information about the shooting, Jeff’s specific involvement and injuries, and other details about the incident will be released by the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (@dcsheriff) as their investigation allows. #CopperCanyonOIS
(4/4) “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.” - Sheriff Joe & Stephanie Pelle #CopperCanyonOIS
Deputies responded to a call about a domestic disturbance at the Copper Canyon Apartments at 5:13 a.m. deputies said. During the Investigation, shots were fired and multiple deputies were injured. No status on the deputies and no status on civilian injuries.
NEW: One deputy is dead and four others were shot this morning during a domestic disturbance. Two civilians were also shot. The suspect has been shot and is believed to be dead and no longer a threat.DISCLAIMER: Commercial breaks will be in black
Alyssa Parker with Littleton Adventist Hospital confirmed to KUSA that it had taken in four patients in connection with Sunday's incident. Parker said she could not comment on the conditions of those patients.
Steven Silknitter, a resident of the Copper Canyon apartment complex, told CNN he rushed home to check on his fiancee after hearing of the shooting. HE said that when he arrived he heard a "barrage of gunfire exchange."
"I was deathly afraid that I was going to go home and she'd be gone... I didn't know what I was going to find," Silknitter told KMGH. "It's the last thing I would have thought of at my complex. It's like something out of a movie."
President Trump tweeted his "deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County ... and their families."
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