A hero police officer who killed a shooter in Colorado after he murdered five people and shot her in the stomach has been identified as 28-year-old Ashley Ferris.
Lakewood Police Agent Ferris shot and killed Lyndon McLeod, 47, after he rampaged through tattoo parlors across Denver on Monday night.
‘I can’t overemphasize enough the heroic actions of our Lakewood police agent,’ said Lakewood police spokesperson John Romero.
‘In the face of being shot, in the face of danger, she was able to not only save others from this terrible tragedy but also neutralize the threat.’
‘If not for the heroic efforts of Agent Ferris and other law enforcement, this incredibly violent tragedy could have been even worse,’ he added.
McLeod killed four people, including three who worked at tattoo parlors, before marauding into the Hyatt House hotel where he shot dead his final victim, 28-year-old hotel clerk Sarah Steck.
He ran out of the hotel and about a minute later was confronted by Ferris who ordered the killer to drop his weapon. She was shot in the abdomen but fired back and killed McLeod.
Ferris, who was wearing a bullet-proof vest, was rushed to hospital where she underwent surgery Monday night. The brave officer is ‘doing well’ and with family, and is expected to make a full recovery.
Lakewood Police Agent Ashley Ferris, 28, shot and killed the rampaging gunman after he shot her in the abdomen
McLeod had come on to the radar of police in 2020 and 2021, Denver police chief said, but no charges were ever filed. He did not say why there was concern
Five people were killed and three injured, including a police officer, in a shooting spree that spread across Colorado on Monday night
Detectives are still probing what motivated McLeod’s deadly rampage, but have revealed he was someone with a history of extremist views and psychiatric episodes.
McLeod used to own a tattoo business, Flat Black Ink, until 2017, ABC reported. His spree targeted several tattoo shops, and three of his five victims worked in the tattoo industry.
Police said they believe McLeod was targeting the people he shot at the tattoo parlors.
Paul Pazen, chief of Denver Police, said on Tuesday that McLeod had been on the radar of law enforcement during two recent investigations – one in 2020 and another in 2021 – but neither resulted in charges.
Police said McLeod fired shots at six locations across Denver and the nearby suburb of Lakewood.
His rampage left five people dead and three others wounded – including the hero police officer Ferris – before he was shot dead.
McLeod sold his house five years ago to a man who said the property was full of gun safes.
‘There were numerous hidden gun safes in the walls of this house,’ said Gabriel Thorn, speaking to KDVR.
‘He just disappeared off the face of the earth when we bought the house. My wife and I joke that he’s changed his name and moved out of the country.’
McLeod then wrote and published a series of books called ‘Sanction’ under the name Roman McClay, KDVR reported, with the main character based on himself, and the narrator being artificial intelligence.
In an interview about the book, he was described as living in a converted storage container, and said the book was about ‘our masculinity and the way we interact,’ looking at religion, genetics and culture.
He described it on Twitter, in an account dormant since June 2020, as: ‘The book that philosophizes with a Jack-Hammer.’
‘I tend to look at the world in threes. I’ll look at the world currently, then the world below it and the world above it,’ he said in a YouTube interview in March 2020, to promote the book.
‘You have the terrestrial plane, then the sub level, then the atmosphere.’
McLeod added: ‘I consider myself an artist first, and then a…