1 Deputy Killed, 4 Deputies Wounded in Shooting Outside Denver

An investigator heads to the scene of shooting Sunday, Dec. 31, 2017, in Highlands Ranch, Colo. Authorities in Colorado say one deputy has died and multiple others were wounded, along with two civilians, in a shooting in suburban Denver. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

December 31, 2017

OAN Newsroom

A deputy involved shooting in Douglas County, Colorado leaves one deputy dead and several others injured.

County Sheriff Tony Spurlock gave an update Sunday and said authorities were called to the scene of a disturbance early Sunday morning in a Denver suburb.

The suspect used a rifle in an ambush-style attack on law enforcement inside the apartment killing 29-year-old Sheriff’s Deputy Zachary Parrish, who had been a member of the force for seven months.

Four other deputies were hurt as well as two civilians, but all are said to be in stable condition.

Spurlock said his department is familiar with the suspect.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Zachary,” said Spurlock. When I sat with his wife and held her hand, I could see in her eyes her life was over…It was very difficult today to see Zach one last time.”

President Trump offered his condolences to the victims of the shooting

  • PatrickJ

    That was a really meaningless comment. I hope you need a cop someday and they don’t show up.

  • WhatReallySure

    I can’t imagine the inner-workings of your brain. Take away police and see what happens. It has worked for every country that has tried it…. Wait, everyone has police…. So we must all have it wrong. Cops make crap compared to what they put on the line. Here’s an idea, lets follow your ideology and take away guns and cops, then see how much freedom we have.

  • Roscoe

    And what race is the suspect? Was that a Black suburb of Denver? Inquiring minds want to know?

  • Varangian Guard

    Died running TOWARD the gunfire…..RIP & God Bless the families left behind.

  • an6thing NOW!



  • Hmmm ~
    Maybe because I’m like the elephant child with an insatiable curiosity and this story pricked it.
    Maybe it’s because I have a daughter living not too far from there.

  • Bill Smith

    So who is the loser who committed this tragedy? Usually we have photos, history, etc. I pray for all of the officers.

  • David Bagdasarian

    One Hundred years ago we had a whole hell of a lot less repeat criminals, the victims took care of that and there weren’t a whole bunch of liberal diaper wearers around because it was a “Take care of yourself” situation which we have, unfortunately, lost to the bed wetters and saferoomers.

  • glamdeluxe

    Is there something wrong with wanting facts from a news headline? Or do you just enjoy being argumentative?

    • an6thing NOW!

      he just enjoys being a DIKHEAD…

  • glamdeluxe

    ” Spurlock said his department is familiar with the suspect.” Really good law enforcement work ….. No it’s not!

    • PatrickJ

      Not trying to defend the Devil here, but the perp had no criminal record.

      • glamdeluxe

        I used to hang core boar in elevator shafts in high-rise buildings. That was fun.
        They knew this guy was trouble and yet they rushed in and got the cop killed. Not good work. It happens more and more every day.

  • PatrickJ

    Actually, the criminal is dead, too. He was killed at the scene.

  • PatrickJ

    Our men in blue protect the freedoms of all of us. Freedom has to be defended, or it will vanish. They are our first line of defense. God bless them.

  • Victor Nazarian

    It’s too bad that the previous administration and many on one side of the political spectrum have seemed to promote the attitude that it’s OK to attack police because they are institutionally corrupt or evil. Those who have encouraged hate and distain towards law enforcement, military and others in uniform have made everyone less safe and hurt us all.

    Cops and others make mistakes and sometimes they are simply wrong. Sometimes it’s wrong-headed thinking, sometimes it’s bad training or improper institutional policy. Those are problems that can be solved with engagement and cooperation rather than vile actions and protest.

    Whatever the case the police are doing an important job that we all depend on. I hope there is support for the widow of this fine officer and the wounded and their families. I hope and pray that the new year brings more peace an less strife.

  • thecleaner45

    This is failure barrys first legacy. Remember Prof. Gates? Failure barry put a mark on all cops heads that day. He should be charged for every police officers deaths.

  • Deny

    oBOMBa’a war on the Police continues. He has a LOT of Blue blood on his hands. For someone who could have done SO much he did exact opposite.


    R.I.P Deputy Parrish …. A loud shout out to our thin blue line.

  • Frank Atwood

    Should pass a national law, Anyone shoot a cop, whether they kill him or not, should get life without parole, and if a cop is killed, they should automatically get the death sentence, without a trial, period.

    • Deny

      Perfectly said! I agree with that 100%

    • Independentconservative

      Thats dumb, without trial. Lets just go against what we stand for

      • PatrickJ

        I believe Frank’s comment just shows how frustrated we all are with this business of targeting the police in our communities as if they are the bad guys. Obama is responsible for this mess.

  • Tom Horn

    Obama, BlackLivesMatter, the Democrats, and the football players have killed all these police officers. Treat them as the terrorist criminals they are.

  • Shmacks Adventure

    Hope Prez Trump starts calling out these hoaxes like Sandy Hook and Vegas.

  • Glenda Hammer

    All that separates the decent people in America from the sick animals that would rob and murder everyone of us, for the fun of it, is the under paid police. Perp was a vet who had been in God forsaken, Iraq.

    • Huks

      The police do a great job however they can’t be everywhere. Armed citizens are necessary also.

      • PatrickJ

        Maybe armed citizen patrols. Some communities already have them.

  • God Bless and Protect our Police, Military, Firemen, and 1st Responders. RIP Deputy Zachary Parrish. Prayers for the family.

  • Expat47

    I’ve searched out this story from several services but I can’t find any mention as to why there were so many police on a domestic call and how did they all end up getting shot? Some more facts would be helpful.

    • And, “Spurlock said his department is familiar with the suspect.”
      Yes, more Facts, Please!

      • PatrickJ

        They knew of him for creating civl disturbances, but he had no criminal record.

        • Thanks, I see.
          So, this is the first time he was being “civilly disturbing” with a deadly weapon?

    • Shmacks Adventure

      They have to create the rest of the story first like Vegas.

    • PatrickJ

      It was an ambush. It wan’t a domestic quarrel as originally thought. It was noise disturbance. They had already been out there earlier, so this was the second call. Evidently they took more officers the second time. It was a setup. The guy wanted to kill police. They walked right into an ambush and were all shot within seconds of each other. Pretty sad.

  • Al Lejdly

    No details on the perp.

    • BlueBoomPony

      Usually that tells you what you need to know

      • Al Lejdly

        That’s for sure.

  • Maranatha846

    When I was young if you killed a LEO you never made it to jail to be charged and tried. I think it’s time it got that way again.

    • Roscoe

      They were shot trying to escape or resist arrest and I am sure that they do that today!

  • twidgetZack

    Sure hate to see another Zack bite the dust, just south of me by 60 miles.
    RIP young Sheriff Zach.

  • ShemSilber2

    Condolences to Zachary Parrish’s widow and other family. May the wheels of justice take proper care of the murderer so that he is not free to harm others.

  • caisson17

    Prayers to the officers and their families..

  • JaySands1234

    Those that hold the Thin Blue Line have my utmost respect.RIP…

  • Chkitout1

    My prayers are with his family. He is in a better place. God Bless our LEO community.

  • Cathy Singleton

    My thoughts and prayers for Sheriff Deputy Zachary Parrish’s family, may God give you strength