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lunes, 1 de enero de 2018

5 police officers shot by gunman near Denver, 1 confirmed dead

A shooting in Denver on New Year’s Eve morning left one police officer dead and six people, four officers and two civilians, wounded.

A disturbed Army veteran opened fire from a barricaded room in an apartment at police after they responded to a disturbance complaint by neighbors. In the weeks before the shooting, the gunman posted angry video to YouTube in which he vented a grudge against the sheriff and called for his firing.

1 dead, 6 wounded

The Douglas County Sheriff’s Department responded to a complaint about a disturbance at an apartment complex in the Highlands Ranch suburb of Denver around 5:15 am. on Sunday. They had been to the apartment about an hour earlier in response to a complaint about a “verbal disturbance” involving two men, one of whom told police the suspect was “was acting bizarre and might be having a mental breakdown,” but no evidence of a crime was found.

When the police returned, a man from the apartment who had left before their arrival came back. He gave them a key and permission to enter before leaving again before the shooting.  Deputies entered the apartment and talked to the gunman for about thirty minutes before he barricaded himself in a bedroom and began firing at police, fatally injuring one deputy and wounding several others.

Residents described sporadic barrages of gunfire over a period of about two hours and the sound of a woman screaming. At 7:30 a.m. a SWAT team arrived and shot the gunman dead.

The gunman fired more than 100 rounds during the encounter, Sheriff Tony Spurlock said. He described the shooting as an “ambush-style” attack.

The suspect had no criminal record but was known to the police.

The deceased deputy was 29 year-old Zackari Parrish. He had been a deputy for seven months, according to Spurlock, and is survived by a wife and two children. Spurlock said that he spoke with the victim’s wife and “could see in her eyes that her life was over.”

Three deputies and an officer who were wounded are in stable condition. The wounded officers were identified as Mike Doyle, 28; Taylor Davis, 30; Jeffrey Pelle, 32; and Tom O’Donnell, 31.

Two civilians who were in a neighboring apartment also suffered non-life threatening injuries, according to Spurlock.

Authorities on Sunday night identified the gunman as Matthew Riehl, 37. Riehl was an Army veteran who briefly served in Iraq.

Grudge against police

Riehl posted repeated online rants against local police in the weeks leading up to the shooting. A YouTube video posted on December 13 titled “Fire Sheriff Spurlock” shows Riehl wearing an Iraq combat veteran hat and calling Spurlock a “clown”.

“You know who’s going flub big time next election, Spurlock,” Riehl says in the video.

A video posted on November 28 shows a police officer making a traffic stop in the city of Lone Tree. In the video, Riehl claims the stop was made illegally, identifies the officer by name and calls him a “Nazi” and a “dirtbag.”

“S—bag, dirtbag, liar,” he says as the officer questioned the driver. “He’s the boss, huh? He’s the Nazi in charge with the stripes on his shoulder and the fake badge.”

President Trump tweeted his support:

This was a senseless act of violence that left a brave officer dead. May the victim’s family find peace.