Five deputies shot, one killed in Douglas County near County Line and Colorado Boulevard; suspect believed to be dead

Staff report

One deputy was killed and four deputies were wounded during a shooting the morning of Dec. 31 at the Copper Canyon Apartments in Highlands Ranch, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has reported on Twitter.

The sheriff’s office reported in a Tweet at about 9:30 a.m. that the suspect also had been shot and was believed to have been killed. The suspect’s identity was not immediately released, nor were the names of any of the deputies.

Two civilians were shot by the suspect in the incident at the complex in the area of South Colorado Boulevard and County Line Road. Their status was not immediately available.

Reports of a domestic disturbance came in to the sheriff’s office about 6 a.m. Dec. 31. During the investigation, shots were fired and multiple deputies were injured.

Major roads near the apartment complex at 3380 E. County Line Road were closed for several hours. The following agencies were put on accident alert: Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, Parker Police Department, Lone Tree Police Department, Castle Rock Police Department and Colorado State Patrol.

Due to the size and cope of the investigation an emergency shelter has been set up at the East Ridge Rec Center, 9568 University Blvd. in Highlands Ranch.  Anyone displaced from their homes is invited to head there.

To show support, Douglas County Commissioner Lora Thomas arrived at the shelter shortly before 10 a.m.

“This is just heartbreaking,” said Thomas, who served for decades in law enforcement. “With my state patrol days, it just brings back that law enforcement is a family.”

Messages of condolence for the deputies also poured in on Twitter.

“If you are heading to church this morning, please say a few prayers for the officers battling in the hospital and the friends, families and coworkers of the fallen Officer. We can’t thank you enough for your service and sacrifice,” the Parker Police Department said.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our DCSO family. We are heartbroken by this morning’s incident,” Littleton Fire Rescue tweeted.

Those who were shot were taken to area hospitals, including Littleton Adventist and Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree.

If you would like to donate to the Fallen Officer Fund of the Douglas County Foundation, go to

Colorado Community Media will post more details here as they become available. 

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