Deputy killed, 6 others shot in suburban Denver; gunman believed dead

Five deputies and two civilians shot as domestic violence call turns into shootout

At least one deputy is dead and four other officers wounded after a domestic disturbance call turned into a shootout early Sunday morning in suburban Denver, the Douglas County Sheriff's Office confirmed. The gunman, who also wounded two civilians, was shot and is believed to be dead.

DCSO said deputies responded to the call just after 5 a.m. at the Copper Canyon Apartments in Highlands Ranch about 16 miles south of Denver. During the investigation, shots were fired and deputies were wounded as SWAT teams arrived in a multi-hour active shooter situation.As shots were being fired at deputies, a member of the sheriff's office told KKTV it's "not looking good for us," and video from the scene showed at least eight ambulances arriving.

Steven Silknitter, a resident at Copper Canyon, wasn't home when the incident began, but he heard about the shooting from his son and called his fiancee at their apartment. He said she heard a "barrage," and when he got near the apartments he heard 15 to 20 shots.

"You know, some people say it was like firecrackers," he said. "It was clearly deafening. ... I was definitely afraid I was going to go home and (my fiancee) would be gone. What else could you think?"

DCSO held a procession for the fallen deputy as his body was taken from a local hospital to the coroner's office. Members of the community paid tribute along the side of the road.

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