‘Heroic’ officer who fatally shot Denver suspected of shooting identified

Police agent Ashley Ferris was admitted to the hospital after being shot in the stomach.

Police have identified the officer who fatally shot a suspect involved in a deadly shooting that took place across the Denver area earlier this week.

Lakewood Police Department Agent Ashley Ferris was among those shot Monday when authorities said the suspect, identified by police as 47-year-old Lyndon Mcleod, opened fire at at least four locations, leaving five people dead.

After Mcleod fled a hotel in Lakewood, Ferris bumped into him and ordered him to drop his weapon, authorities said. Instead, he opened fire and hit Ferris in the stomach, police said. Despite her injuries, the officer was able to return fire to the suspect, who died on the spot, police said.

“If not for the heroic efforts of Agent Ferris and other law enforcement, this incredibly violent tragedy could have been even worse,” the Lakewood Police Department said in a statement.

Ferris remains hospitalized “with his family by his side,” the department said Thursday.

“All of us in the Lakewood Police Department are incredibly proud of Agent Ferris and the bravery she and her other law enforcement officers displayed during this active shooting situation,” Lakewood Police Chief Dan McCasky said in a statement. “The entire Lakewood Police family will be here to support Agent Ferris and her family as she embarks on this recovery process.”

Mcleod nurtured extremist views and had a history of psychiatric episodes, several law enforcement sources confirmed to ABC News.

Police said he shot and killed three people in downtown Denver before traveling to neighboring Lakewood, where he shot two more deadly. In addition to Ferris, another victim was injured in the shooting.

All of the victims were known to Mcleod through personal or business circumstances, police said.

“Our hearts are incredibly heavy with the loss of life and injuries that others have suffered during this madness,” McCasky said.

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