Matthew Riehl

Suspected Colorado gunman identified as veteran with apparent grudge against local sheriff

Authorities have released the name of the suspected gunman killed in a shootout Sunday morning with sheriff’s deputies at a home in a suburb of Denver, Colorado.

According to ABC News, the shooter was identified as Matthew Riehl by a law enforcement official speaking on the condition of anonymity.

A social media account apparently belonging to the deceased suspect recently displayed videos featuring a user identified as Riehl.

In one video posted Dec. 13, Heavy reported that the man railed against Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock.

The individual in that video wore a hat designating himself as a combat veteran who served in Iraq. Reporters confirmed Riehl briefly served in Iraq with the National Guard.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, authorities said the gunman was armed with a rifle and fired more than 100 rounds at deputies who had responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at the home.

One deputy was fatally shot and four others injured. Two civilians were also reportedly injured in the gun battle.

Spurlock, the apparent target of Riehl’s online rant, identified the deputy killed as 29-year-old father of two Zackari Parrish.

“We are deeply saddened by the loss of Zackari,” he said.

The four deputies injured in the attack received what were not expected to be life-threatening injuries. They were identified by officials Sunday as 28-year-old Mike Doyle, 30-year-old Taylor Davis, 31-year-old Tom O’Donnell and 32-year-old Jeffrey Pelle.

[Featured image: Matthew Riehl/Youtube video screenshot]