Multiple officers down, 'code red' issued to residents in Colorado county

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Multiple sheriff's deputies are "down" as reports of an active shooter are being investigated Sunday in the midwestern USA state of Colorado.

Douglas County deputies had earlier tweeted a "code red" warning urging all locals in the Highland Ranch area to stay indoors and keep away from windows as the incident unfolded.

Littleton Adventist Hospital was treating three victims, according to Alyssa Parker, a hospital spokeswoman, who declined to describe their conditions. We love our police and law enforcement - God Bless them all!

About 5:15 a.m., deputies responded to the Copper Canyon Apartments complex at 3404 E. County Line Road in Highlands Ranch, between Colorado and University boulevards.

Four other deputies and two civilians were shot and wounded by the unidentified suspect, who had had numerous run-ins with law enforcement, according to Sheriff Tony Spurlock.

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The authorities said an emergency shelter has been set up following the shooting.

The identities of the two injured civilians were not immediately disclosed, but Spurlock said he believed they are residents from other apartments.

There is a fund for fallen officers in Douglas County.

9NEWS has a crew on the scene and will update this story as more information is released. We are grateful for the service of Deputy Parrish, his fellow deputies, and that of the Castle Rock police officer.

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