UPDATE 2: Shooter in Douglas County Colorado ambush that left one sheriff’s deputy dead and 4 others wounded has been identified as Matthew Riehl.
UPDATE: The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office has confirmed that five deputy sheriffs and two citizens were shot early Sunday morning. One of the deputies has died. The severity of injuries for the other six is unknown at this time.
December 31, 2017 The Douglas County Sheriff’s office has confirmed that multiple Sheriff’s deputies are down at a still-active scene in Douglas County, Colorado Sunday morning. Officials have confirmed that a shooter was taken down.
Multiple Douglas County Sheriff’s deputies were shot when they responded to a domestic disturbance call at the Copper Canyon Apartments in Highlands Ranch around 6 a.m. Sunday morning. People are being asked to avoid the area. Highlands Ranch, located in Douglas County is an affluent suburb of Denver.
On the Douglas County sheriff’s office official Twitter account, the original statement said there was “an officer down call in the area of County Line Rd between Colorado Blvd and University Blvd,” early Sunday morning. In a second tweet, the sheriff’s office issued a “Code Red” asking residents in the area to avoid windows and shelter in place.
Colorado State Police and officers from several nearby local police agencies are assisting in the investigation.
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