Gunman kills 1 deputy, injures 4 others in suburban Denver

Sheriff's office says 2 civilians also were shot
'Multiple deputies down' at Colo. apartment
'Multiple deputies down' at Colo. apartment
Posted at 10:31 AM, Dec 31, 2017
and last updated 2018-01-01 09:50:33-05

DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. -- A gunman killed one deputy and injured four others early Sunday at an apartment complex in suburban Denver.

The suspect also shot two civilians, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

Deputies shot and killed the suspect, the sheriff's office said.

Zackari Parrish, 29, was the deputy who died. Sheriff Tony Spurlock said Parrish had worked for his office for about seven months, and for a police department for about two years before that. Parrish had a wife and two children.

The gunman's name hasn't been released.

The shooting happened after deputies were called to a domestic disturbance in Highlands Ranch, about 16 miles south of Denver, at about 5 a.m.

One hospital said it had three victims with non-critical injuries. Another nearby hospital said it received four patients but wouldn't release their conditions.

Deputy Jeff Pelle, son of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle, was among those shot. The sheriff said in a statement his son was recovering.

Several roads were closed in the area Sunday morning, and the sheriff's office warned people to stay inside and away from windows. A recreation center was open as an emergency shelter for anyone who couldn't return to their homes.

Douglas County is an affluent area just south of Denver.

Several local police agencies and the Colorado State Patrol were put on alert.