Colorado Shooter Not Yet ID'd, 'Ambushed' Officers


The man who launched a deadly attack on four police officers inside a Colorado apartment was a former Army Reservist who was deployed in Iraq for a year, a spokesperson for the military said Monday.

At least one deputy died and four others were injured in the incident near Denver, according to the Douglas County Sheriff's Office.

"We do not have any information on civilian casualties at this time".

"Zach was a good kid. He was eager to work, eager to serve".

A suspect opened fire on deputies responding to a domestic disturbance, according to the office.

"It was nearly immediately after that 'that the suspect inside a bedroom with a weapon, which Spurlock would only characterize as a rifle, '" started firing on the officers.

He knew we were coming, and we obviously let him know that we were there to investigate the disturbance'. He came there from the Castle Rock Police Department.

The two civilian injuries were not considered life-threatening, authorities said.

The disturbance was initially reported to be domestic but turned out to be noise-related, he said.

The gunman had had encounters with law enforcement throughout the Denver metro area on a number of previous occasions, but had no criminal history, Spurlock said.

Matthew Riehl, 37, was identified as the gunman Sunday evening by the Douglas County, Colorado Sheriff's Office.

"They went into the house at the same time", Spurlock said.

The officers arrived at the apartment just after 5 a.m. "It was definitely on the dark side of the spectrum", University of Wyoming Police Chief Mike Samp said. 4 other deputies were also wounded, but managed to crawl to safety.

Authorities in Colorado say an emergency shelter has been set up in the aftermath of a shooting in suburban Denver. He also said that the shooting was "more of an ambush style of attack" and the suspect knew of the police presence at the apartment complex.

A motorcade accompanied the fallen officer from a hospital in nearby Littleton to the coroner's office.

Swedish Medical Center in Englewood said it had received no patients.

Resident Steven Silknitter, 50, told The Denver Post that he heard 15 to 20 shots. "I didn't know what I was going to find", he told Scripps TV station KMGH. Adsit said it was the cards and emails that helped get him through his down days. "It's like something out of a movie". He then expressed contempt for the Douglas County Sheriff's Office, calling out one officer in particular, whom he derided as a pimp.

The wounded officers are sheriff's deputies Michael Doyle, 28, Taylor Davis, 30, Jeffrey Pelle, 32, and Castle Rock Police Officer Tom 0'Donnell, 41.