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Man found dead after standoff identified


Douglas County Coroner Jill Romann has identified the body of a man found dead after a standoff with a SWAT team near Parker on Oct. 15.

Chance Lee Whiteford was confirmed as the deceased. No information was released regarding the cause and manner of death, and his exact age was not released either, but the coroner said he was born in 1994.

Authorities were called to a home in the 6100 block of Westview Circle, south of Parker, about 9 p.m. Oct. 15, responding to a report of a couple fighting with their adult son, said Lauren LeKander, spokeswoman for the Douglas County Sheriff’s Office.

Deputies heard gunshots coming from the house when they arrived, but the couple was able to leave the home.

Deputies called in a SWAT team, which was unable to communicate with the man, described as a white male in his early 20s.

The suspect fired more shots from inside the home, and neighbors received a reverse-911 notification to stay indoors.

Smoke and fire were seen inside the home after 1 a.m., and firefighters with South Metro Fire Rescue were able to extinguish the flames with assistance from the SWAT team.

SWAT employed gas grenades a little after 2 a.m., and found the suspect dead inside the home at 3:20 a.m. No shots were fired by law enforcement, LeKander said.


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