A Douglas County Sheriff's Deputy was shot Friday afternoon during what is being described as a shootout with a suicidal suspect.
The deputy, identified as Dan Brite, is in critical condition according to Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock.
Spurlock addressed the community on Friday asking for prayers.
“The important thing for me right now is Dan and that he’s OK," Spurlock said. "The power of prayer is important and I think it could help him.”
According to Spurlock, the suspect was seen walking with a gun near Sierra Middle School in Parker. When deputies responded to the scene, the man fired his weapon, hitting Det. Brite. The man led authorities on a short chase in an RV before crashing near Parker Adventist Hospital. The suspect, whose name has not been released, was shot and killed by a plain clothes officer.
Outside the hospital, parents of children attending nearby Sierra Middle School said they spent the afternoon waiting in fear as their children were inside the school.
One parent, Eric Jensen, said his daughter Emma sent him text messages detailing how teachers had her hide underneath her desk.
Jensen says he didn’t receive a notification from the Douglas County School District until an hour and a half after the first text messages from his daughter. Douglas County says a message was sent at 3:05 p.m. but only to parents who opted into the school district's alert system.
Parents received another notification at 4:45 p.m. This was sent by email, phone and text message, according to Douglas County Officials. Parents also received a letter at 6:30 p.m. after the situation was resolved.
“You hear about this on the news about all the others schools and the shootings until you experience it yourself and your own child it just doesn’t resonate.” Jensen said.
At around 10:30 Friday night, the sheriff’s office tweeted that Det. Brite was out of surgery and had been taken to ICU. Brite remains in critical condition.
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