DOUGLAS COUNTY, Colo. — The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office on Monday released edited versions of body camera video and more details about what led to the deadly deputy ambush on New Year’s Eve.
Deputy Zackari Parrish was shot along with three other sheriff’s deputies, a Castle Rock Police Department SWAT officer and two citizens in an ambush at a Highlands Ranch apartment.
Parrish died at the scene.
In a video released by the sheriff’s office, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock details what happened that morning. The video was edited to only show short portions of bodycam video from deputies at the scene.
Officers said they were called to the apartment twice in the early morning hours of New Year’s Eve with the first call coming at 3 a.m. on the report of a noise complaint.
Parrish tried to provide the suspect, Matthew Riehl, the assistance he needed at the time, Spurlock said.
“We’re here because we want to make sure you’re OK,” a deputy is heard saying. “Do me a favor next time [Riehl], if you ever call us, try not to scream.”
The deputies were called back to the Copper Canyon Apartments at 5:17 a.m. on a domestic disturbance call, but they later determined it to be a mental health call.
“It’s deputy Parrish, DougCo Sheriff’s Office,” Parrish is heard saying. “Hey, Matt, it’s Zack. Yes we can help you. I’m with the sheriff’s office. Right here man. We can talk out here. I just want to make sure you’re OK.”
Deputies talked to Reihl and tried to help him until 5:35 a.m.
“He’s going through a manic episode,” Parrish is heard saying. “We’re going to take him for an M1.”
M1 stands for a mental health hold.
Between 5:35 a.m. and 5:57 a.m. deputies were developing a plan to medical and mental health aid to Riehl, according to the sheriff’s office.
The sheriff’s office said Riehl started shooting at deputies at 5:57 a.m. with Parrish being shot in the doorway.
Deputies Taylor Davis, Michael Doyle, and Jeff Pelle were also shot. Davis went out a window head-first, while Doyle and Pelle were hit immediately and went out the front door, according to the sheriff’s office.
They made an attempt to get back in but the gunfire was too much.
The deputies began helping each other and called for more resources, the sheriffs office said.
Riehl continued shooting out the window while the deputies were rendering aid to each other.
A rescue mission was put into place at 7:30 a.m. to get Parrish. At that time, deputies shot and killed Riehl.
“I’m very proud of the officers — the men and women who were on that call that night,” Spurlock said. “They did exactly what they were trained to do. They provided aid, they provided service, they provided care and compassion.
“Unfortunately, it turned violent.
“May God bless Zack Parrish. God bless the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office and our Douglas County community. Live life like Zack Parrish.”AlertMe