The Douglass County police are tweeting what sounds like a very bad incident in a suburb of Denver.
UPDATE, we have multiple deputies down, no update on their status. The scene remains active and please avoid the area.— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017
Due to this incident, the following agencies are on accident alert. Douglas County, Parker Police Department, Lone Tree Police Department, Castle Rock Police Department and Colorado State Patrol.— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017
A Code Red was sent out regarding this incident. Any citizens in the affected area are instructed to shelter in place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls. pic.twitter.com/RgutCEqgJA— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017
Road closures due to the officer down call. C-470 from Quebec to University Blvd. County Line Rd from Colorado Blvd. to University Blvd.— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017
DCSO is working an officer down call in the area of County Line Rd between Colorado Blvd and University Blvd. This is an active event, please avoid the area.— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017
Details are sketchy, I’ll update as necessary…
Area reportedly was at an apartment complex in Highlands Ranch... One of the affluent areas in the Douglas County area.— Jake Highwell (@JakeHighwell) December 31, 2017
Scanner says some civilians are down as well:
Douglas County, CO multiple deputies down. Plus civilians I am hearing on the scanner. Sounds like mass casualty incident re: scanner. #Shooting God Bless them all.— Grandmaj (@grandmaj2) December 31, 2017
More from local news:
Multiple deputies are down in Douglas County, prompting a shelter in place for residents near C-470 between University and Colorado.
Around 6 a.m., deputies responded to a shots fired call at 3404 E. County Line Road.
The sheriff’s office said in a tweet at 6:43 a.m. the scene is regarding an officer down in the area of County Line Road, near Colorado Boulevard between University Boulevard.
About an hour later, the agency tweeted an update that multiple deputies were down, but could not offer an update on their conditions.
Very scant details at this time.
This says three officers down.
Take every report with a grain of salt, however…
More from the Denver Post:
A so far undisclosed number of Sheriff’s deputies were shot Sunday morning and a Douglas County Sheriff’s Office SWAT team is at the scene, a home near the 3400 block of County Line Road, according to Lauren Lekander, DCSO spokeswoman.
“We have multiple officers down,” said Deputy Jason Blanchard of the incident in Highlands Ranch. “We are not giving numbers or status at this point, we are still working on getting the suspect in custody.”
Denver 7 reported hearing shots fired as a reporter arrived at the scene.
Deputies were responding to a disturbance call when shots were fired from the home near Colorado Boulevard shortly before 6 a.m., Lekander said.
“We have SWAT out there setting up and preparing to go in right now,” Lekander said at about 7:15 a.m.
From the Douglas County Sheriff’s Facebook page:
Early this morning at approximately 5:13 AM, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office responded to a domestic disturbance at the Copper Canyon Apartments, located on County Line Rd, between Colorado Blvd and University Blvd. During the investigation, shots were fired and multiple deputies were injured. At this time we do not have any further information on the status of the deputies involved. We do not have any information on civilian casualties at this time. The scene remains active please avoid the area.
UPDATE #4 – Here’s what the scene looks like:
A look at the scene in Douglas County: Multiple deputies are down, acc. to sheriff’s office, after shooting near Denver this morning. pic.twitter.com/4kUKGkGviL— Hans Pedersen (@HansP10) December 31, 2017
"Here's the first picture we're getting in from the scene at Douglas County where multiple deputies are being reported down.Douglas County" pic.twitter.com/CXT0Zq3Pva— Anchor Holds Media (@anchorholdmedia) December 31, 2017
Outside my apartment in Douglas County. pic.twitter.com/uaMKQbfIwC— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) December 31, 2017
Sky Ridge Medical Center, where multiple members of my family were delivered, now reports they have 3 people in ER care following this morning's Douglas County shooting.— Jett Goldsmith (@JettGoldsmith) December 31, 2017
This reporter is at the scene:
Accident alert means that if you are in a minor accident where no one was injured and no alcohol or drugs are involved, do not call police. Take the insurance information of the other driver down and report it to police within a few days. @DenverChannel https://t.co/8hwsiOAQFg— Meghan Lopez (@Meghan_Lopez) December 31, 2017
#breaking: this is a look at the scene at east County Line Road and Colorado. The road is being completely blocked off to traffic. Two ambulances are here waiting to respond. @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/9PlR8hwnmY— Meghan Lopez (@Meghan_Lopez) December 31, 2017
#breaking: just got to the police staging area at canyon ranch and Colorado. Dozens of police cars are in the parking lot. I hear others in the distance coming this way. Again, reports of shots fired at an apartment complex in Douglas County. @DenverChannel pic.twitter.com/tFbF6LkpIQ— Meghan Lopez (@Meghan_Lopez) December 31, 2017
Some are saying this is an coordinated or planned attack on police, but this tweet seems to indicate it came from a domestic abuse incident:
UPDATE 0513 this morning deputies responded to he Copper Canyon Apartments for a Domestic Disturbance. 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.— DC Sheriff (@dcsheriff) December 31, 2017
From the Denver Post:
A gunman opened fire on Douglas County sheriff’s deputies responding to a domestic violence call in a Highlands Ranch apartment complex early Sunday, killing one deputy and wounding four other deputies and two civilians. The shooter was shot and is believed dead, the sheriff’s office said at 9:32 a.m.
The body of the slain deputy was moved from Littleton Adventist Hospital in a black hearse, accompanied by dozens of law enforcement vehicles and motorcycles as it drove south on Broadway. Firefighters stood on their trucks along the procession route, and some residents stood on street corners with American flags.
Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle’s son, Jeff, is among the wounded deputies, according to the sheriff’s Facebook page.
Deputies were responding to a domestic-disturbance call when shots were fired from the home in the 3400 block of County Line Road near Colorado Boulevard before 6 a.m., said Lauren Lekander, a sheriff’s spokeswoman.
Steven Silknitter lives in the Copper Canyon Apartments complex, but was working elsewhere overnight when he heard about the shooting from his son. He called home, waking up his fiancee.
She woke to hear “a barrage” of gunfire in the dark, Silknitter said. “She was pretty scared. She kept saying how loud it was. … I told her to stay inside.”