Highlands Ranch, CO – One Douglas County Sheriff’s deputy has been murdered, and five other Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies and two citizens were shot, after responding to a domestic disturbance early Sunday morning, Dec. 31, in a Denver suburb.
Deputies responded Sunday morning to the disturbance at Copper Canyon apartments in Highland Ranch, and upon arrival all deputies were shot.
The suspect barricaded himself in the apartment and continued to shoot through the walls, hitting two people nearby.
After an hours-long standoff, the suspect was fatally shot.
In a Facebook post, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) wrote:
“…Five deputies were shot by a suspect who will not be identified at this time. One deputy has been confirmed deceased. Two civilians have also been shot by the suspect. The suspect has been shot by deputies and is believed to be deceased as well.
There is no longer a threat in the area, however, this is still a very active crime scene, deputies will be in the area for an extended period of time.”
The conditions of the DCSO deputies and the two civilians who were shot has not been released.
An emergency shelter has been set up at the East Ridge Rec Center, located at 9568 University Blvd. in Highlands Ranch, for those affected by the incident and in need of assistance, according to the DCSO Facebook page.
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