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One deputy dead, several wounded after being called to suburban Denver scene

One deputy has died after multiple officers were wounded attending the scene of a domestic disturbance in suburban Denver on Sunday, authorities said.

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said via its Twitter account that shots were fired in the course of the investigation and “multiple” deputies were injured.

The suspect was shot and believed to be dead.


The shooting happened at the Copper Canyon Apartments in Highlands Ranch. The landscaped apartment complex is 16 miles (28 kilometres) south of Denver. Residents in the vicinity were advised to stay inside and avoid exterior walls and windows.

“During the Investigation, shots were fired and multiple deputies were injured. No status on the deputies and no status on civilian injuries. Please avoid this area,” the sheriff’s office said in a terse tweet.


Law enforcement agencies including the Parker Police Department, the Lone Tree Police Department, the Castle Rock Police Department and the Colorado State Patrol were lending assistance.

Police say two civilians were also shot by the suspect.

No other details were immediately available. The nature of the injuries to the Douglas County deputies wasn’t disclosed. It also wasn’t known how many deputies were involved.