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Deputy Injured in Colorado ‘Ambush' is Former SDSO Deputy

The suspect, 37-year-old Matthew Riehl, was reportedly well-known to authorities

A former San Diego County deputy was among four officials hurt in a deadly ambush in Colorado that left one deputy dead and two civilians injured.

One of the deputies wounded in Sunday's shooting in Douglas County, Colorado, was Taylor Davis, 30, a former deputy for the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department (SDSO). As of Monday evening, Davis was treated and released, according to a hospital spokesperson.

The SDSO released this statement on Davis:

"The San Diego County Sheriff’s Department has learned that one of the injured law enforcement officers, Taylor Davis, was employed as a Deputy Sheriff in San Diego for approximately three years. We wish to express our deepest condolences to the family of Deputy Parrish and the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department for their tragic loss. We also wish those who were injured and their families a complete and expeditious recovery."

On Sunday night, authorities responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence 16 miles south of Denver. They had arrived and left the residence four hours prior due to a noise complaint, according to the sheriff’s report.

When officials arrived at the residence a second time, 37-year-old Matthew Riehl fired off more than 100 rounds, which hit the officers and two civilians before Riehl was fatally wounded, according to the report.

The suspect was reportedly well-known to authorities, according to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock, but no further details on the suspect were given.

“They all went down almost within seconds of each other, so it was more of an ambush-type attack on our officers,” said Spurlock. “He knew we were coming, and we obviously let him know we were there.”

The fallen deputy, Zach Parrish, 29, had worked for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Department for about seven months, according to the report.

Three sheriff’s deputies and one police officer were wounded in the incident, but are listed in stable condition. In addition to Davis, wounded officials include Michael Doyle, 28, another DCSO deputy. He was also treated and released.

The third deputy, Jeff Pelle, 32, is reportedly in the intensive care unit due to extensive damage from a gunshot wound.

Castle Rock Police Department SWAT Officer Thomas O'Donnell, 41, was treated and released.

The extent of injuries to the two civilians is unknown, but was reported as not life-threatening.

President Donald Trump commented on Twitter, "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!"

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