• Breanna Johns

Three Colorado deputies shot dead within 37 days


Over the span of 37 days beginning on New Year's Eve, three Colorado Sheriff’s deputies were killed in separate shootings. Now, the state’s Governor John Hickenlooper says he has had enough and is "plead[ing] for a stop to the violence," according to CNN.

"With the recent loss of now three deputies and many others injured, there's no denying the grave impact this sequence of shootings is having on our state," Hickenlooper said.

"We will once more come together to provide sympathy and strength for the deputy's loved ones and pray for the recovery of those injured; however, we also must come together and say enough is enough."

On Dec. 31, 2017, Deputy Zackari Parrish, a 29-year-old father of two, was shot dead when police were called to an apartment complex because Matthew Riehl “might be having a mental breakdown there."

According to CNN, “About 90 minutes later, a police tactical team arrived and exchanged gunfire with Riehl. A Castle Rock police officer was injured; Riehl was shot and killed. Two civilians also were shot as the incident unfolded.”

At a candle lit vigil held for Parrish, his mourning widow pledged to honor his memory: "And I will raise these girls to love you," Gracie Parrish said, referring to their daughters, through tears.

On Jan. 24, 2018, Deputy Heath Gumm was shot and killed while he and other deputies were chasing a man during an investigation of a report into an assault in Thornton, a city near Denver. The shooter was taken into custody.

A mother sent the sheriff's office a letter of gratitude about Gumm.

"She was moved so much by the level of service that deputy Gumm provided to her son that she took the time to reach out and make sure that we knew," Sheriff Michael McIntosh said. "You can imagine that over the course of the last five years, there's a lot of stories like this about Deputy Gumm."

Deputy Micha Flick was shot and killed on Feb. 5, 2018, when he and some colleagues were looking into a vehicle theft report. Flick left behind a wife and 7-year-old twins.

"Deputy Flick was an outstanding member of our agency, and he will be missed," El Paso County Sheriff Bill Elder said.

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