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5 deputies shot, 1 fatally, by Colorado gunman; suspect believed dead

5 deputies shot, 1 fatally, by Colorado gunman; suspect believed dead

A police officer has been killed and four others have been injured in an "ambush-style attack" while responding to a verbal disturbance in Colorado.

The goal of the Fallen Officer Fund is to provide assistance to Douglas County Sheriff's Office members who are killed or seriously injured in the line of duty.

Riehl opened fire and fires over 100 rounds with a rifle after barricading himself inside his bedroom, hitting Zackari Parrish, Michael Doyle, Taylor Davis and Jeffrey Pelle.

In a press conference, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said the shooting happened very quickly and that the deputies were ambushed by a suspect who knew they were coming.

Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and four others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting in suburban Denver. They are between the ages of 28 and 41.

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.

One person who knows all too well what the law enforcement community of Douglas County is going through is former Denver police officer John Adsit.

Riehl had a history with local law enforcement: He posted a YouTube video December 13 called "Fire Sheriff Spurlock", accusing the department of harassment, and had exchanged angry tweets with the sheriff's office.

Douglas County Sheriff Deputy Zachari Parrish, 29, was mortally wounded.




A native of Houston, Parrish leaves behind a wife and two young children.

Police previously told residents of the area should shelter in place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls. They have now established an emergency shelter for those displaced by the police search. It also wasn't known how many deputies were involved.

Douglas County Coroner confirms shooting suspect in #CopperCanyonOIS as Matthew Riehl DOB 9/09/80 (pictured).

"Four officers were injured and one officer was killed in the line of duty".

The hospital said it could not say what their conditions are or if they are law enforcement.

The incident described as "domestic violence" occurred at approximately 5 a.m. (1000GMT) at the Copper Canyon Apartments on County Line Road between Colorado Boulevard and University Boulevard.

Police had been responding to a disturbance call at an apartment complex.

Officers were given a key to the apartment and permission to enter, but once they walked in, officers said they were immediately under fire.

On Twitter, President Trump offered his condolences to the victims along with Colorado Senator Cory Gardner.