One sheriff’s deputy was killed and four others shot after police responded to a call about a disturbance at an apartment complex in an affluent suburban county outside of Denver, authorities said.
Two other people living in adjacent apartments in the complex were also shot in the incident, and the suspect is dead, police said. Except for the one deputy killed, none of the other victims suffered life-threatening injuries, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at a press conference on Sunday afternoon.
Zackari Parrish, 29, had been on the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office as a sheriff’s deputy for only seven months after transferring from Castle Rock Police Department.
Spurlock described the deputy as a father with two “young, young children.”
He said Parrish was “good kid, a smiley kid” who was “eager to work and eager to serve.”
“When I sat with his wife and held her hand I could see in her eyes that the life they planned together was over,” he said.
Spurlock also said until today he has had deputies “run over” and shot “and they survived.”
“It was difficult to see Zack for the last time,” he said.
The sheriff said that from talking to Parrish’s widow, it seemed that being a deputy was special for him.
“He loved this job more than any job he ever had,” he said.
The shootings occurred after deputies responded to a call at about 5:15 a.m. to what they thought was a domestic problem at the Copper Canyon Apartment complex, but which turned out to be a disturbance unrelated to any domestic dispute.
“It wasn’t a husband-wife or partner type of thing,” he said.
The sheriff added that it was the second call to address located at 3404 East County Line Road in Highland Park four hours earlier for a noise disturbance call, but he said when they arrived “there was no noise” and “they couldn’t find any evidence there was any issue going on.”
He said on the second call, “the suspect made a ton of noise” and four officers arrived at the same time to…