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Five Colorado deputies shot, one dead after responding to call

Five sheriff’s deputies were shot — and one officer has died — early Sunday while responding to a domestic disturbance call south of Denver.

The suspect was also shot and believed to be dead, the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office said.

Two civilians were shot by the suspect, too, authorities said, but their condition wasn’t immediately clear.

Deputies arrived at the Copper Canyon Apartments in Highlands Ranch, Colo., at about 5:15 a.m. local time Sunday for the domestic disturbance complaint.

Shots went off soon after, the sheriff’s office said.

Access to surrounding streets was completely shut down as the scene remained active.

Video from the scene showed several ambulances entering the area with sirens blazing as the sun rose on the Denver suburb.

SWAT teams were also sent into the surrounding blocks, as police ordered residents to shelter in place, according to local media.

A reporter with ABC affiliate KMGH tweeted she could hear gunshots going off in the distance at about 7 a.m. local time.

One hospital confirmed it took in three patients with non-critical wounds, according to The Associated Press. Another said four patients were admitted, but didn’t elaborate on their condition.

The FBI’s field office in Denver said it’s following the situation and has offered to help however possible.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with our law enforcement partners and all those impacted by today’s senseless act of violence,” the agency branch tweeted.  

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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