5 deputies shot, 1 fatally, in shooting near Denver

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The sheriff's office said that the suspect knew police were coming and began firing when they arrived. 1 deputy confirmed deceased. Except for the one deputy killed, none of the other victims have life-threatening injuries, Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock said at a press conference Sunday afternoon.

The suspect was shot and is presumed dead, the sheriff's office said. The Boulder County Sheriff's Office could not tell us what his condition is.

The office tweeted that at 5.13am local time deputies responded to the Copper Canyon Apartments for a domestic disturbance. She did not specify whether these were law enforcement officers or civilians. "Please avoid this area". Authorities say an emergency shelter has been set up for those displaced by the shooting.

A major road was shut down after the shootout in Highlands Ranch, and residents in the vicinity were asked to shelter in place, and avoid windows and exterior walls.

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The scene was videotaped and posted on the Douglas County sheriff's Facebook page under the heading: "Motorcade for our fallen deputy".

"My heart breaks for all of those affected by the awful tragedy in Douglas County. Our law enforcement officers work tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe and today all of Colorado stands with our law enforcement community".

This is a developing story and will be updated.

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