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.


  • 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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My God bless and keep this officer and his family in His hands! People today seem to forget the sacrifices made by the police officers who protect us from harm, and the families of these officers who each day wonder if they will return home or lose their lives in service to others. They don’t see the burden these officers carry each and everyday on their jobs, the stress they encounter everyday entering situations that the rest of us flee from. I am the daughter of a Boston police officer who was awarded the Medal of Honor for his service. He died of a heart attach at the age of 39. So, all my life I have known the price these officers and their families pay. Stand tall in pride, knowing that Zach was a hero who gave his life in service of others. Because of officers like him, we rest easy each night, knowing that they are there protecting us from harm.

Marie Z.

November 11, 2018

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