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

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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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Zach,
Thank you for your service. I watched your Bodycam episode for the second time and again my heart aches for you and your family, for your department and your community. It’s obvious that you were liked and respected. I know you can’t read this but I feel so much anger for that man. I know he had mental health problems and wasn’t taking his meds. That makes it hurt even more because it didn’t have to happen.
I just want to thank all law enforcement for everything they do for the community everyday whether the people in the community appreciate it or not. I wish there were something I could do. Something needs to be done to better help these individuals so things like this don’t happen anymore.
To your wife and kids, I hope you feel his strength and love every moment of your lives.
xoxo
Janelle
Pacifica, CA

Janelle
Registered Nurse

October 20, 2021

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