PARKER, Colo. -- As one officer recovers from critical condition after a suicidal suspect exchanged gunfire with police in Parker, the suspect's family is speaking out in support of the officer.
The suspect shot one responding officer. The bullet entered the officer's body through the side of his bulletproof vest, leading to a lengthy surgery.
Officials eventually identified the officer shot as detective Dan Brite. His family suggested they have received a boost from thoughts and prayers from the Parker community.
One such source of those well wishes came from the family of the suspected gunman. Randall Rodick, 40, died when officers stopped him in a second shootout.
"The Rodick family would like to extend their deepest sympathies to Detective Dan Brite and his family and to all who have experienced pain and suffering caused by the events in Parker on Friday," Rodick's sister said. "We offer our prayers and support to all of those impacted by this event"
The event prompted schools nearby to go into emergency protocols and scared many parents in the area. One such parent said Rodick pointed a gun directly at him.
Police say they luckily were able to end the situation without any collateral damage, noting the suspect was heavily armed when he instigated the shootout.
"We love Randy and we will miss him. We ask the media to respect our privacy at this very difficult time," Rodick's sister said.