PARKER, Colo. -- A call for help turned deadly when a man opened fire at deputies responding to a home near Sierra Middle School in Parker on Friday.
“There’s a lot of victims in this scenario,” Parker Mayor Mike Waid said Saturday.
The Douglas County Sheriff's Office said 40-year old Randy Rodick was shot dead by deputies after he shot and critically injured Det. Dan Brite.
Brite is fighting for his life in Parker Adventist Hospital. The Parker community is rallying in support.
“We are a community who is 100 percent behind them. We are here to support law enforcement and especially in situations like this where they are hurting and fighting for their life, we’re here to help,” Waid said.
The Parker Chick-Fil-A delivered food to investigators working the large crime scene Friday night. Members of the public also dropped off food to Brite's family at the hospital.
Waid said others are delivering cards and asking how, in any way, they can help. Waid called Brite a hero.
“It takes a special breed to wake up every day and be willing to put the well-being of others before their own,” he said.
Also a hero, Waid said, is Brite’s wife, a sergeant with the sheriff’s office.
“In this situation, the spouse is also stepping up to put others' well-being ahead of her own. That’s really incredible. That in my opinion is the definition of a hero,” he said.
Now it’s the community that’s making sure the family and everyone impacted by the shooting, feels supported and loved.
“I have received prayers messages for the victim and his family from all over the world. … The community here, we really do pull together for our own, we take care of each other. It’s the quintessential family community because of situations like that,” Waid said.
A GoFundMe page has been set up to help Brite's family.
Brite remains in the ICU in very critical condition, the sheriff's office and family said Saturday. His wife, children and other family members were at the hospital with him.