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5 Police Officers Shot (one fatally) in Colorado

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  1. Stratohacker

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    Tragic news - a 29 year old Police Officer lost his life today responding to a call of a domestic disturbance. Four other officers were also wounded in the incident.

    Praying for the family of the Officer who passed and a quick recovery for the other injured officers.

    I know this is a long read but it just highlights the difficult and dangerous job that they have to do day in and day out.

    From the NY Times:


    It began as a predawn call for the police to a disturbance at an apartment complex in a Denver suburb on Sunday. It ended, officials said, in a fusillade of more than 100 rounds fired by a barricaded gunman who shot five law enforcement officers, killing one of them. The gunman was killed by officers.

    Killed in the attack was Zackari Parrish, a 29-year-old deputy who had worked for the Douglas County sheriff’s office for seven months, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at an afternoon news conference. He described Deputy Parrish as a “smiley kid” who was eager to serve. He is survived by a wife and two young children.

    Describing his meeting with the deputy’s widow, the sheriff said, “When I sat with his wife and held her hand, I could see in her eyes that her life was over.”

    Two civilians, who the sheriff said were apparently in a neighboring apartment, were also shot. Their injuries were not life-threatening.

    Hours after the attack, numerous questions remained, including the public identification of the gunman, his motive, the type of weapon he used, what exactly happened leading up to the attack and where the officers were positioned in relation to the suspect.

    The gunfire shattered a quiet New Year’s Eve morning at the Copper Canyon Apartments, which describes itself on its website as having some of the “friendliest apartments” in Highlands Ranch, Colo., which is about 15 miles south of Denver.

    The police were first called to the apartment where the shooting occurred around 3 a.m. on Sunday regarding a “verbal disturbance,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement on Facebook Sunday night that shifted some of the time elements from the sheriff’s news conference.

    Two men were in the apartment, and one said the suspect was “acting bizarre and might be having a mental breakdown,” the statement said. Deputies left at 3:44 a.m. as no crime had occurred.
    Deputies were called back to the apartment by a neighbor at 5:14 a.m. about a disturbance, the sheriff said at the news conference. One of the men in the apartment, described by the sheriff as a roommate, had left before officers arrived, returned and gave officers a key and permission to enter but left before the shooting, the statement said.

    As outlined by the sheriff, what happened next was murky. The officers were talking to the suspect for about 30 minutes and at some point he barricaded himself in a bedroom.

    At 5:56 a.m., four officers were hit by rounds fired from the bedroom. Three deputies were able to get to safety but Deputy Parrish was unable to retreat. The three wounded deputies could not immediately rescue him because of the amount of gunfire and their injuries, the statement said.

    Deputy Parrish was shot multiple times. The other officers, who were hit in areas uncovered by their protective vests, were in stable condition, the sheriff said.

    Officers with a SWAT team entered the apartment at about 7:30 a.m., and shots were exchanged between the suspect and officers, resulting in the suspect’s death, the statement said. An officer from the Castle Rock Police Department was also shot and injured at that time.

    The sheriff said the gunman was known to the authorities and had no criminal record, but would not elaborate.

    Sheriff Spurlock described what happened as “almost an ambush-type of attack” and said the gunman fired “very, very quickly” with a rifle, though it was unclear what type.

    “He knew we were there, and he knew we were coming,” the sheriff said.

    He predicted a prolonged investigation that would draw on footage from body cameras worn by the officers.

    Family members of one of the wounded deputies, Jeff Pelle, rushed from their homes in Northern Colorado to the hospital after getting word he had been shot.

    Deputy Pelle was in visible pain when his family saw him in the intensive care unit after he emerged from surgery, his sister, Shanna Jessen, said in a phone interview.

    Ms. Jessen said that he had been shot under the armpit and the bullet had traveled down his torso to his hip. She said he was doing “remarkably well” after surgery.

    He comes from a law enforcement family. Deputy Pelle’s father, Joe, is the longtime sheriff of Boulder County, Colo. Ms. Jessen said her brother had been in law enforcement for about seven years, and had been looking forward to celebrating his fifth wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

    A resident of the apartment complex, Steven Silknitter, rushed home from his weekend job as a truck driver when he heard about the shooting. He said he was trying to make his way past a police cordon when he heard what sounded like a fierce exchange of gunfire.

    “Fifteen to 20 gunshots,” he said. “Return fire and then more fire.”

    Mr. Silknitter, 50, described the apartment complex as a mix of families, couples and older residents and said neither he nor his fiancée, Vira Cover, had ever felt unsafe there or knew or any reports of violence.

    “Highlands Ranch is one of the safest places in the Denver area,” said Ms. Cover, 50. “I cannot believe this happened in our backyard.”

    “Where do we go from here?” Mr. Silknitter added. “Where do you go without having to worry about being shot?”


     
  2. tery

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    :( ... my heart goes out to the victims .
     
  3. rich815

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    My sister lives in Highlands Ranch. Still trying to get in touch with her...
     
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    Let's pray for them, and send them our good wishes.
     
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    @rich815 Hope and wishes that all is well with family !
     
  6. soulman969

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    About 15 minutes away from me. Horrible deal. Cops were there earlier on a noise complaints reported said they heard nothing so they left. This happened on a call back when they finally went into the apartment. Still waiting for updates.
     
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    sad times we live in
     
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    I was just thinking that NYE is supposed to be a joyous time for celebration, it's such a shame that this sort of thing happens anywhere in the world.
     
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    Thanks. Just spoke to my mother who said she saw the name of the apt complex on the news and it was not my sister’s. Whew.
     
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    As a former police officer,domestic violence is one of the most dangerous calls you can respond to. It always hurts when you hear this.
     
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    Shooter has been identified. Military vet with a law degree and seemed to have some beefs against the County Sheriff and local law enforcement and was posting online rants about them and their tactics even though he wasn't personally involved.

    LEOs say they knew about him but he had no criminal history and no crime had been committed when they were called hours earlier. Friend with whom he had previous argument reported shooter might be having a mental breakdown and had left earlier but doesn't appear to have mentioned he may have been armed.

    When the officers returned later "The suspect was just making a ton of noise and annoying everyone around him," Spurlock said. Spurlock is the Co. Sheriff.

    Looks like this guy went crazy and knowing the cops would be called back for his disturbing the peace set up an ambush. Cold blooded murder then death by cop. Man what a way to end the year for the families of the officers who responded when they believed all they might have been doing is a welfare check on the guy.
     
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    I wonder if this changes anyone's opinion on the cop who shot the unarmed man because of some idiot hacker making a fake 911 domestic violence report.
     
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    Not really. The officer had the guy in view. Had they ascertained there was no complaint before the shot was fired? He wasn't armed and it appears those in the house confirmed that. They say the guy lowered his hands??? Maybe his pants were falling. I do that unconsciously at times so I hope I don't accidentally do it at gun point, make a trigger happy cop nervous, and get shot.

    In this case the shooter was holed up in a bedroom armed with an assault rife shooting through the door apparently. They walked into what looks like a planned ambush. I don't deny the danger of the job but then neither does any LEO I know either. There are risks and they accept them. In this case it wasn't a DV it was noise complaint and a guy who went psychotic shot up a whole bunch of people.

    Two very different sets of circumstances.
     
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    I hope not. The middle ground would be ideal, with both cases handled appropriately.
     
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    Domestic violence and traffic stops are potential powder kegs . Fortunately , the vast majority are not , but this happens once in a while .
    Sad day for all involved . Such a terrible and unnecessary waste .
     
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    Yes....traffic stops are high on the list of dangerous things we encounter. Even an innocent stop can turn bad. It’s amazing how many people when you pull them over do something stupid.
     
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    Very large area, I've lived there... the shooting was in the Douglas Sheriffs Departments jurisdiction... it's the eastern portion of HR, close to Parker, Englewood and North Denver. What part, or where does your sister live?
     
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    There are some pretty whacked-out individuals out there.
    It's is Sadening just how much pain and suffering one person can do.
     
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    if i get pulled over i ALWAYS roll my window down as im stopping and i ALWAYS leave my hands on the wheel.
    doing this makes the officer feel much safer and i believe that when you do this, the officer KNOWS you are doing it on purpose to make him or her feel safer, and things tend to go better.
    show a little respect, get a little respect......the last 3 times i was pulled over they let me go with a warning.
     
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