President Trump Tweets Condolences to Victims in Deadly Colorado Shooting

December 31, 2017 Updated: December 31, 2017

President Donald Trump sent his condolences to the victims of the shooting in Colorado on Sunday morning.

At least one deputy died and four others were injured in the incident near Denver, according to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

A suspect opened fire on deputies responding to a domestic disturbance, according to the office.

“My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County @DCSheriff, and their families. We love our police and law enforcement – God Bless them all! #LESM,” Trump tweeted.

Douglas County Sheriff Joe Pelle’s son, Jeff, was among those who were injured in the incident. The sheriff said that his son “in good spirits considering the gravity and severity of what occurred earlier this morning.”

The killed deputy wasn’t identified.

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.

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People watch a procession of police vehicles escort 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)

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.

The suspect was also not identified.

Earlier in the day, the sheriff’s office said that “citizens in the affected area are instructed to shelter in place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls.”

Reuters contributed to this report.

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