CASTLE ROCK, Colorado: A post that was shared by the Castle Rock Police Association dated March 27th 2016, tells the story of a Castle Rock Officer who on his own initiative went above and beyond the call of duty for a stranger. The officer has been since revealed as Deputy Zackari Parrish III, who died Saturday morning after being shot multiple times. Parrish then served as a Castle Rock police officer before taking a job with the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office. Four other law enforcement officers and two civilians were also wounded in the ambush attack stemming from an apparent domestic situation in suburban Denver.
Here is what was shared:
“I saw something last night that I wanted to share. Some of our Officers contacted a guy around 10:00pm. He had gotten into an argument with the person that was driving and when they stopped in Castle Rock for a bite to eat earlier in the day, she left him. He had no money, no cell phone and knows no one in the area. His family lives in northern Colorado. The Officer talked with him about his plans and learned that he had a long history with Law Enforcement and gang involvement. After attempts to get him a voucher for a hotel for the evening were unsuccessful, the Officer excused himself for a moment to make a phone call (I’m guessing to his wife, since we know “happy wife, happy life”) he came back and let the guy know that he was going to pay for his hotel for the night. he was also given some money to buy some food as we walked towards the police car. The look on his face and tears in eyes said everything.
Our guys don’t make a ton of money, this officer is one of our newer guys. He has a wife and small child that he has to provide for, but they still chose to help someone that they didn’t know and spent $70+ to get him a warm place to stay on that rainy night.
We have some of the greatest Officers protecting Castle Rock!”