The suspected gunman who ambushed a group of Colorado police officers early Sunday morning shared his desires to replace Douglas County Sheriff Tony Spurlock in highly profane and vulgar YouTube video. The revelation comes one day after the suspect, later identified by officials as 37-year-old Iraq veteran Matthew Riehl, fired more than 100 rounds in his apartment on sheriff's deputies, killing one and injuring four others.
Riehl was well-known to authorities, but didn't have a criminal record. In a Dec. 13 YouTube video, called "Fire Sheriff Spurlock," said that he would run as a libertarian and vowed to "fire all these bums come early next year." In another video dated Nov. 28, footage--apparently taken inside the officer's car-- shows a traffic stop by a police officer, which Riehl said was done illegally.
He alleges the officer clocked the wrong driver, identifying the officer by name in the video and calling him "dirty."
"Scumbag, dirtbag, liar," he says as the officer questions the driver. "He's the boss, huh? He's the Nazi in charge with the stripes on his shoulder and the fake badge."
The violent Sunday incident began around 5:15 a.m. at Copper Canyon Apartments--a residential complex about 16 miles south of Denver. Authorities first visited the complex after receiving a call about a verbal disturbance between two men. One of the men said the other "was acting bizarre and might be having a mental breakdown" but the deputies found no evidence of a crime.
When deputies were called back, a man who had left came by to give the officials a key and granted them permission to enter the home. He left before shots were fired.
Officials came under fire almost immediately and were shot "very, very quickly" after entering the apartment and trying to talk with the suspect, who was holed up inside a bedroom.
"They all went down almost within seconds of each other, so it was more of an ambush-type of attack on our officers," Spurlock said. "He knew we were coming and we obviously let him know that we were there."
Four officers, including fallen officer, Zackari Parrish, were shot from the bedroom, forcing a retreat until the SWAT team arrived on the scene.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.