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PARKER, Colo. -- Body camera footage was released Thursday in the September shootout that left a Douglas County sheriff's detective critically injured and an suicidal suspect dead.
No officers will be charged in the killing of 40-year-old Randall Rodick. He was fatally shot by Parker police officer Ronnie Dorrell with one shot to the head during the Sept. 2 encounter near Sierra Middle School and Parker Adventist Hospital.
“That is an amazing shot,” 18th Judicial District Attorney George Brauchler said at a news conference. "That kept this from turning this I think into something far worse.”
Rodick shot Det. Dan Brite in the chest before fleeing in a recreational vehicle, officials said. He then shot at officers and others before he was shot and killed by Dorrell.
Investigators believe the close proximity to Parker Adventist Hospital, as well as quick work by doctors and paramedics, saved Brite's life.
His wife, Sgt. Christine Brite, who also works for the sheriff's office, said she believes prayer has played a role in his recovery and asks the community for continued support.
Brite was released from the hospital earlier this month.
“Based on the law and the facts of this incident, I conclude that each of the officers who discharged their weapons in this incident was justified in attempting to use deadly physical force and using deadly force to defend themselves and other, and to apprehend Rodick,” Deputy District Attorney Larry Bailey wrote in a decision.
Body camera footage shows Dorrell firing at Rodick from a rifle before running toward Rodick’s RV. Roderick is seen handcuffed on the ground outside the vehicle.
Officials said Dorrell fired from about 30 yards away with an AR-15 assault-style rifle while he was behind a civilian SUV.
A GoFundMe page for Brite has raised more than $50,000.