Man found dead after SWAT standoff died from smoke inhalation, report says

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Posted 12/1/17

Chance Lee Whiteford, 23, was found dead in a Parker home Oct. 15, after an hours-long stand-off with Douglas County sheriff's deputies and the SWAT team. He likely killed himself, according to …

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Man found dead after SWAT standoff died from smoke inhalation, report says

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Chance Lee Whiteford, 23, was found dead in a Parker home Oct. 15, after an hours-long stand-off with Douglas County sheriff's deputies and the SWAT team. He likely killed himself, according to official reports.

An autopsy report revealed the opinion of the forensic pathologist, Dawn B. Holmes, was that “the manner of death is best classified as suicide.” The report shows Whiteford died of “carbon monoxide intoxication due to inhalation of smoke and soot due to a house fire.”

Authorities were summoned to the home in Parker, near the 6100 block of Westview Circle Oct. 15, around 9 p.m, in response to a report that a couple was fighting with their adult son. The couple was able to leave the home, but deputies heard gunshots coming from inside the home, according to Douglas County Sheriff's Office spokeswoman Lauren LeKander.

Deputies called in a SWAT team, and neighbors received a reverse-911 call to stay indoors. More shots were heard from inside the home. Deputies reported seeing smoke and fire inside the home, and South Metro Fire Rescue was called to help extinguish the flames. The SWAT team employed gas grenades. No shots were fired by law enforcement, LeKander said.

Whiteford was found dead inside the home at 3:20 a.m.

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