Sunday, 31 December 2017

Police in Colorado say a number of officers are "down" following a shooting incident outside Denver

Denver is Colorado's biggest city and is backed by the Rocky Mountains

-Five police officers have been shot and one killed in a shooting that followed reports of a domestic disturbance south of Denver.

-Gunfire broke out as Sheriff's deputies responded to calls of a "domestic disturbance" at a landscaped apartment complex south of the city around 5am local time.

-Douglas County officers said one of the deputies wounded died from their injuries.

The other two people hurt were civilians.

Police believe the gunman was shot dead.

A hospital where three people were taken for treatment described their conditions as non-life threatening while another local hospital, which received four patients, would not give any information on their status.

Douglas County deputies had earlier tweeted a "code red" warning urging all locals in the Highland Ranch area to stay indoors and keep away from windows as the incident unfolded.

Police firearm teams surrounded Copper Canyon Apartments while attending paramedics wore body armour for protection.

An emergency shelter was also set up for those ordered to leave their homes for their own safety.

A procession was to take place shortly in memory of the officer killed, law enforcement officials said.

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