Early Sunday mornings in the sleepy Denver suburbs are mostly a tranquil affair, with crisp mountain air rolling in from the rockies and causing the steam to dip and dance off of your cup of coffee.
This peaceful scene was shattered this morning, however, after police officers responding to a domestic disturbance call found themselves in the midst of an unexpected gunfight.
Very little information is currently available, as this active shoot situation is still unfolding. Police have relayed to the media that “multiple” sheriff’s deputies are down, but a number and a prognosis have not been given for the afflicted. Police have also warned people in the area to shelter in place and avoid windows until such a time as their suspect is in custody or otherwise incapacitated.
“‘We have multiple officers down,’ Deputy Jason Blanchard told the Denver Post. ‘We are not giving numbers or status at this point, we are still working on getting the suspect in custody.’
“Police say they are working in the area of County Line Rd between Colorado Blvd and University Blvd in Highlands Ranch, located south of Denver.
“’Any citizens in the affected area are instructed to shelter in place, avoid windows and stay away from exterior walls,’ the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said, calling it an ‘active event.’
“The officers were shot while responding to a domestic disturbance call at the Copper Canyon apartments.”
One officer grimly added that the situation is “not looking good” from their perspective.
More information will certainly be available as police continue to work this event.