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Colorado shooting: 5 deputies shot, 1 fatally, in Douglas County

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Last Updated Dec 31, 2017 12:37 PM MST

A gunman in suburban Denver opened fire on sheriff's deputies responding to a report of a domestic dispute early Sunday morning, killing one officer and wounding four others while striking two civilians in a barrage of gunfire.

Zackari Parrish, a 29-year-old deputy with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office (DCSO), was identified as the officer who was killed. The deputies were called to a residence around 5:20 a.m. Sunday morning where they were immediately met with gunfire from the suspect, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said in a news conference Sunday.

The two civilians also suffered non-life threatening injuries, Spurlock said. The unidentified suspect, who was killed in the exchange, was known to police but he did not have a criminal history. Spurlock said the suspect wielded a rifle and fired more than 100 rounds in the encounter.

The officer who was killed was identified as a 29-year-old deputy who joined the force seven months ago. He is survived by his wife and two children.

"When I sat with her, I could see in her eyes that her life was over," Spurlock said, referring to the deputy's wife.

The FBI in Denver said it was ready to provide its "full support" to the DCSO.

Footage from the scene showed a heavy police presence, with numerous ambulances and police cars with their lights flashing.  

President Trump offered his condolences to the shooting victims on Sunday. "We love our police and law enforcement -- God Bless them all!" Mr. Trump tweeted.

Sen. Cory Gardner (R-Colorado) also offered his condolences, saying his "heart breaks for all of those affected" by the tragedy." 

Gardner added: "Our law enforcement officers work tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe and today all of Colorado stands with our law enforcement community."

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