In a year racked by mass shootings, including the deadliest in U.S. history, a spasm of violence here on the last day of 2017 added one more to the grim tally.
Four Douglas Country sheriff’s deputies responding to a noise complaint were ambushed by a gunman who sprayed them with more than 100 bullets.
All four were hit. Those who could crawled away. But Deputy Zackari Parrish, 29, was shot repeatedly and killed.
Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at a news conference that the officers were responding to a complaint about raised voices at the Copper Canyon Apartments in Highlands Ranch, about 12 miles south of Denver, at about 5:15 a.m.
One of the two men in the apartment let them inside. Spurlock said the other, identified as 37-year-old Matthew Riehl, spoke briefly with the officers before firing on them from a bedroom.
“Almost immediately he began shooting,” Spurlock said.
Recently the Walt Disney World resort chain began to phase out those familiar “do not disturb” hotel door hangers that seem to have been around since forever. But the chilling reason this is being done seems to be a sign of the times in which we live.
According to reports, Disney has phased out the signs at its main hotels, The Polynesian, The Grand Floridian, The Contemporary and The Bay Lake Resort. It its place the hotelier has substituted a “room occupied” door hanger, AOL reported.
The new signs tell hotel staff that there is someone still in the room but does not stop staff from entering the room, as the “do not disturb” signs tended to do.
The reason for the switch, though, comes on the heels of the deadly shooting at the Mandalay Bay hotel in Las Vegas. Mass killer Stephen Paddock had left a “do not disturb” sign
A man fired more than 100 rounds at sheriff’s deputies early Sunday, killing one and injuring four others, before being fatally shot himself in what authorities called an ambush. Two civilians were also injured.
Douglas County sheriff Tony Spurlock said the shooting occurred at a home at the Copper Canyon Apartments, a landscaped complex in Highlands Ranch, 16 miles (28km) south of Denver.
The suspect was well known to authorities but Spurlock declined to name him until his identity was confirmed. Authorities had left the home about four hours earlier to address a noise complaint and returned to in response to reports of a disturbance at the home.
“I do know that all of them were shot very, very quickly. They all went down almost within seconds of each other, so it was more of an ambush-type of attack on our officers,” Spurlock said. “He knew we were coming and we
President Trump extended his “deepest condolences” to the victims of a deadly shooting in a south Denver suburb that left one Douglas County, Colo., deputy dead and four other deputies injured.
“My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County @DCSheriff, and their families. We love our police and law enforcement – God Bless them all! #LESM,” the president said, tagging the official Twitter account of the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.
“#LESM” is a widely used hashtag that stands for “law enforcement social media.”
Two civilians were also injured in the incident, which took place early Sunday morning local time, when law enforcement officers were responding to a domestic disturbance at an apartment complex.
No further personal information has been released about those injured, or the extent of their injuries.
The suspect has been reportedly shot dead.
According to the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office’s Twitter,
LAS VEGAS — Tens of thousands of revelers will ring in the new year in Las Vegas under the close eye of throngs of law enforcement officers and National Guard members assembled to keep them safe just three months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Tourism officials expect about 330,000 people to come to the city for festivities that are anchored by a roughly eight-minute fireworks display at the top of seven casino-hotels. Inside, acts including Bruno Mars, Britney Spears, Celine Dion and Foo Fighters will keep partyers entertained before and after midnight.
Authorities say four others were shot; Will Carr shares the latest details.
An early morning New Year’s Eve domestic disturbance call sparked a mass shooting that has left at least one deputy dead, four others injured and two civilians wounded in an apartment complex just south of Denver.
Houston police arrested a man who allegedly had stashed a cache of weapons and ammo on the 28th floor of the city’s Hyatt Regency hotel early Sunday. His room overlooked a planned New Year’s Celebration in Houston’s downtown expected to draw large crowds, according to local reports.
The man, who had not yet been identified by police, was initially going to be arrested for disorderly conduct after he drunkenly refused to leave the hotel’s bar, according to the Houston Chronicle. After hotel security called police, authorities went to the man’s room to gather his belongings. That’s where they found an AR-15, a shotgun and a handgun, as well as “many rounds of ammunition,” the paper reported.
Police had not yet interviewed the man, and had not yet determined why he had an arsenal in his hotel room. Police towed his truck, which had paper license plates, according to
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