Wyoming man named as Denver shooting suspect

 Matthew Riehl
Matthew Riehl (KGWN)
Published: Dec. 31, 2017 at 5:45 PM CST
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The man Colorado authorities say is responsible for a deadly shooting in Denver, has Wyoming connections.

Matthew Riehl, 36, has been named by Denver media outlets as the man who shot and killed a deputy Sunday morning, before injuring four other deputies and two civilians.

Riehl attended the University of Wyoming, making the Dean’s List in 2008, before graduating in 2010. Afterwards, he became a practicing attorney in Rawlins. We’ve also learned he was an Honorably Discharged Army Reservist.

The deceased deputy has been identified as 29-year-old Zackari Parrish.

“Zack was a good kid, a smiley kid,” Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock told the CBS Denver affiliate. “His wife told me today that he loved this job. Loved it more than any other job he’d had.”

The other deputies who were shot were identified as Mike Doyle, 28, Taylor Davis, 30, and Jeff Pelle, 32. Castle Rock Police Department Officer Tom O’Donnell, 41, was also shot.

The other three deputies are in stable condition, according to Sheriff Spurlock. The civilian victims are expected to survive.

Riehl was also shot and killed, the sheriff’s office confirmed.

An emergency call came in just after 6:30 a.m. about a domestic violence incident at Copper Canyon Apartments. The apartments are located near County Line Road between Colorado Boulevard and University Boulevard. Two men live in the apartment unit and one man answered the door and let the deputies in.

It’s not clear what happened next, but the suspect began shooting. The deputies were shot in a matter of seconds, Spurlock said.

The suspect fired more than 100 shots and was familiar to investigators; Sheriff Spurlock said he had been in contact with multiple local jurisdictions in the past.

Earlier in the day President Trump sent a tweet saying, "My deepest condolences to the victims of the terrible shooting in Douglas County @DCSheriff, and their families. We love our police and law enforcement - God Bless them all! #LESM"