Photo: Man Waves American Flag for Slain Colorado Deputy

December 31, 2017 Updated: December 31, 2017    

Camera footage captured a man standing while holding a large American flag during the motorcade escort path for a deputy who was slain on Sunday, Dec. 31.

Five deputies were shot, one of them killed, in a shootout in Denver, Colorado, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office confirmed.

Two civilians “were also shot by [the] suspect,” the office tweeted on Sunday morning, adding that the suspect is “shot and believed to be dead,” and he is “no longer a threat.”

Steven Silknitter, who lives in the apartment complex, told the Denver Post that he was working when he heard about the shooting.“She was pretty scared,” Silknitter said, referring to his fiance, who was there. “She kept saying how loud it was.”

(Screenshot/Fox 31 in Denver)
A procession of police vehicles escorts the hearse carrying the body of a deputy killed in a domestic disturbance where multiple deputies and civilians were shot in Highlands Ranch, Colorado, on Dec. 31, 2017. (REUTERS/Rick Wilking)

According to the Post, one of the injured officers is the son of Boulder County Sheriff Joe Pelle.

The office said earlier that people should avoid the area, and residents were told to shelter in place and avoid windows and exterior walls.

 

The deputies responded to a call of shots fired at the Copper Canyon Apartment Homes in Douglas County, about 16 miles south of Denver, around 6 a.m. local time, said Jason Blanchard, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office, Reuters reported.

Littleton Adventist Hospital was treating three victims, according to Alyssa Parker, a hospital spokeswoman, who declined to describe their conditions.

One unidentified deputy sheriff was pronounced dead at the hospital, where other law enforcement soon after formed a large memorial procession heading to the county coroner’s office.

Sky Ridge Medical Center in Lone Tree received three patients with non-life threatening injuries, according to Linda Watson, a hospital spokeswoman, adding they would be discharged later Sunday.

Reuters contributed to this report.

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