Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish, III

Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish, III

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, December 31, 2017

Zackari Parrish, III

Deputy Sheriff Zackari Parrish was shot and killed after responding to a disturbance call involving an emotionally disturbed man at an apartment complex at 3404 E. County Line Road, in Highlands Ranch, at approximately 5:15 am.

Deputy Parrish and other deputies were attempting to speak to the man when he barricaded himself inside a bedroom. The man opened fire with a rifle, killing Deputy Parrish and wounding three other deputies.

The three wounded deputies were able to retreat to safety. Responding officers, including regional SWAT team members, re-entered the apartment to rescue Deputy Parrish. The subject inside opened fire on the officers, wounding a Castle Rock police officer before being shot and killed.

The subject fired over 100 rounds during the incident, wounding two citizens in addition to shooting the officers.

Deputy Parrish had served with the Douglas County Sheriff's Office for seven months and had previously served with the Castle Rock Police Department for two years. He is survived by his wife and two children.


  • Age 29
  • Tour 2 years, 7 months
  • Badge 1721

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Shot and killed

barricade, disturbance, EDP

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Zack, I was so privileged to have met you. My dads profession truly scares me sometimes, and meeting you, Coleman, and Lehman truly put me at ease. You all were professionals and I for the first time, since Detective Brite was shot, could trust that nothing bad would happen to him because I knew you had his 6 and he yours. I will forever remember your simple yet powerful words to me, as well as how you embraced my family and your jovial spirit. Rest easy Deputy. We have the watch from here.

Michael Wolfe VI
Son of partner,Deputy Mike Wolfe V

February 9, 2018

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