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Douglas County Sheriff releases video statement of Copper Canyon Apartments Officer-Involved Shooting

The following message is from Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock:

Since the Copper Canyon Apartments officer-involved shooting, the biggest unanswered question has been, ’what happened.’

With permission and support from the Zackari Parrish family, as well as that of the injured deputies and their families, this video is intended to communicate directly with the employees of the Sheriff’s Office, Douglas County and the communities we serve and to you about what happened in the early morning hours of Sunday, December 31.

Using body cam video and audio from deputies who were directly involved in the shooting, the video allows the viewer to hear the compassion with which Zackari Parrish interacted with the citizen, the attempts at helping the citizen, the storm of gunfire that deputies encountered from the citizen, and the attempts at a rescue of our deputy.

In the production of this video, we have removed all images and audio of the suspect, being sensitive to the families involved, our employees and members of our community impacted by this tragedy.

Because the video contains images and sounds from actual Law Enforcement Body Worn Cameras, viewer discretion is advised.

View the video.

Should you have any questions, please contact Lauren Lekander, Lead PIO, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office, (303) 814-7067 or