Deputy Sheriff Zackari Spurlock Parrish, III

Deputy Sheriff Zackari Spurlock Parrish, III

Douglas County Sheriff's Office, Colorado

End of Watch Sunday, December 31, 2017

Zackari Spurlock 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.

Bio

  • 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 was my first partner. Words can’t describe the feeling when I first heard his name released. The one thing that kept me grounded after his death was his unwavering faith in God. I knew, for once in this profession, that his family was going to be okay, and that he was at peace.

Zack wouldn’t have changed the outcome if it meant one of his brothers or sisters had to take his place. He is the epitome of what this job is supposed to be about.

Love you brother. Til we meet again at the gates of heaven. RIP. We have the watch.

Cpl. Drew Murlowski
Louisville Police Department

August 11, 2018

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