A horrifying attack on police officers has claimed the life of one Sheriff’s deputy and left 4 others in the hospital.
The shooting occurred in Denver, after deputies were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in Highlands Ranch, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said on Twitter. The suspected gunman was also shot and is believed to be dead and “no longer a threat.”
A hospital where three people were taken for treatment says those people suffered noncritical injuries. Another nearby hospital said it received four patients but wouldn’t release their conditions.
“Officers were called to a residence on a disturbance, once they were there, they were met with gunfire from the suspect,” Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at a news conference Sunday afternoon. “Four officers were injured and one officer was killed in the line of duty.”
“There were well over 100 rounds fired in this engagement, 100 rounds from the suspect,” he said.
The officer who was killed was identified as Deputy Zackari Parrish, a 29-year-old father of two, Spurlock said.
“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Zackari,” he said, adding that it was “very difficult today to see Zack for the last time.”
Please pray for this young man and his family at this extremely difficult time.
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