PARKER, Colo. -- Scammers might be profiting from tragedy.
The Parker Police Department is warning residents to be wary of fraudulent calls asking for donations for Douglas County sheriff's deputy Dan Brite.
The sheriff's office said community members have come forward to report scammers are calling residents under the guise of collecting money for the detective, who was injured in a shootout with a suicidal man in Parker on Sept. 2.
Police warned that scammers prey on the feelings of good-natured people and urge people to do research before opening wallets.
The sheriff's office has information on its social media accounts that outline the real donation sites.
Steer clear of donation sites listed in comments on social media or direct phone calls.
Anyone who might have been a victim of a fraudulent call or an attempt to scam should call local law enforcement. If you live in Parker, police can be reached at 303-841-9800.