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Code Red Alert Issued After Report Of 'Multiple Deputies Down' In Colorado

12 January 2018, 09:29 | Opal Carroll

A Colorado sheriff's deputy was killed and several more were wounded in a shootout on Sunday. Courtesy KUSA

A Colorado sheriff's deputy was killed and several more were wounded in a shootout on Sunday. Courtesy KUSA

The son of a Colorado sheriff was one of four deputies injured in an ambush shooting that also killed a deputy near Denver Sunday morning.

Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told reporters that his deputies came under fire immediately after trying to talk to the suspect who was holed up in a bedroom. At one point, the gunman opened fire at them, killing one and wounding several others.

Riehl posted a YouTube video December 13 calling for the firing of Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock and railing against him in highly personal terms, The Associated Press previously reported. Sheriff's deputies Mike Doyle, 28, Taylor Davis, 30, and Jeff Pelle, 32, were also shot and injured, and were unable to pull Parrish to safety as bullets continued to rain down on them.

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.

Law enforcement members formed a procession to escort the body of the murdered Zackari Parrish from the hospital.

The other two people shot were civilians in a separate apartment to the gunman, who was shot dead at the scene. The other three deputies are with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Pictured, Deputy Zachary "Zach" Parrish with his wife and their two children.

The sheriff's office has issued a "Code Red," instructing residents in the area to shelter in place.

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An emergency shelter was set up at East Ridge Recreation Center at 9568 University Boulevard in Highlands Ranch. Officers in Wyoming also called their colleagues in Colorado to warn them about Riehl, WTOP reported, however it appears no action was taken.

The Denver Post reports Riehl in November started posting YouTube videos in which he voiced his anger toward Lone Tree Police Department officers.

Two civilians were also injured, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office said on Facebook.

That shootout happened at the Copper Canyon apartment complex on New Year's Eve.

On Wednesday, police said the suspect had legally purchased 11 firearms from a Wyoming store between 2010 and 2013, although it was not clear if any of those guns were used in the shooting, the Associated Press reported. The nature of the injuries to the Douglas County deputies wasn't disclosed.

The shooting occurred around 5 a.m. local time outside an apartment complex in Douglas county and, after a prolonged search, authorities say the attacker is now "believed to be dead".

President Donald Trump offered condolences on Twitter Sunday afternoon.

A caller said Riehl was acting weird and might be having a mental breakdown, but responding deputies found no evidence of a crime and left. It's not known if they are law enforcement.

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