Gracie Parrish, the widow of the 29-year-old Colorado police officer who was shot and killed on New Year's Eve in Douglas County, said she never imagined the love and support across America would be like this.
Parrish stepped up to a podium at Mission Hills Church in Littleton on Monday night and spoke to the crowd that had gathered there to pay their respects to her husband, Zackari Parrish.
The wife of fallen Deputy Zackari Parrish was the first to speak at a vigil for him, with their daughters by her side. "I am overwhelmed by the love and support of the community and of the nation. Never in my world would I have imagined this," Gracie Parrish said.
The shooting happened after deputies were called to the scene of a domestic disturbance in Highlands Ranch, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office (DCSO) said on Twitter. The gunman was also shot and killed.
Shots were fired in the course of the investigation at the Copper Canyon Apartments, a landscaped complex 16 miles (28 kilometers) south of Denver, the sheriff’s office said. Residents in the vicinity were advised to stay inside and avoid exterior walls and windows.
Officers said the shooter was Matthew Riehl, 37. Riehl died Sunday during what officials called an ambush at his apartment building in Highlands Ranch. He fired more than 100 rounds in his apartment before he was killed by a SWAT team, authorities said.