Arvada shooting: Good Samaritan in Colorado who took down a gunman was fatally shot by police

Police say Johnny Hurley, 40, confronted the gunman, recognized as Ronald Troyke, after Troyke had shot and killed Arvada police officer Gordon Beesley close to Arvada’s Olde Town Square on Monday afternoon.

As Troyke ran towards the sq. with a lengthy gun, Hurley shot the suspect with a handgun, in keeping with Arvada police.

“A responding Arvada Police Officer then encountered Mr. Hurley, who was holding the suspect’s AR-15,” the assertion mentioned. “The officer shot him.”

“Arvada PD views Mr. Hurley’s actions as heroic; it is clear that he intervened in an active shooting that unfolded quickly in a busy commercial area in the middle of the day, and that he did so without hesitation. Mr. Hurley’s actions certainly saved others from serious injury or death,” Arvada police mentioned in the assertion.

The capturing incident took place when Troyke’s brother known as Arvada police asking for a welfare test as a result of he believed Troyke was going to “do something crazy,” the assertion reads.

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Beesley and one other officer made the welfare test however have been unsuccessful in finding Troyke, after which they have been dispatched to Olde Town Square to test on a report of a suspicious individual, in keeping with the assertion.

In surveillance video of the incident, the suspect will be seen parking his truck behind Officer Beesley as he’s strolling via a parking space.

Troyke will get out of his truck with what police describe as a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun. Troyke shot the 19-year-veteran two instances, in keeping with police.

“Officer Beesley did not reach for his gun and takes no defensive action — he simply turns in response to the suspect who then shoots and kills him,” the assertion reads.

The suspect then shot out the home windows of close by patrol vehicles earlier than operating again to his truck to retrieve his AR-15, and again in the direction of the sq., in keeping with the assertion. Police say that’s when he was shot by Hurley.

Police additionally affirm that they recovered a notice from Troyke which contained a host of particular threats in opposition to the Arvada Police Department.

“Today I will kill as many Arvada officers as I possibly can,” and “I just hope I don’t die without killing any of you pigs,” have been among the many threats spelled out in the doc, in keeping with police.

Aerial photo of the scene at Olde Town Square in Arvada, Colorado.

Monday’s capturing incident has triggered two separate investigations thus far, with the Arvada Police Department conducting the probe into Officer Beesley’s loss of life. A multi-agency Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating Hurley’s deadly capturing, in keeping with the assertion.

“We want to be clear that although these two deaths unfolded as part of the same incident, they are being investigated separately,” Arvada PD says.

“Finally, it is clear that the suspect bears responsibility for this tragic sequence of events,” the division provides.

Statement by Hurley’s household

Hurley’s household put out a assertion that was launched by the district lawyer’s workplace.

“Our beloved son and brother Johnny is no more. We loved him dearly. May he rest in peace. Before Johnny engaged in a clear-eyed response to a dire situation, he was already a wonderful human being with a great enthusiasm for life,” the assertion mentioned in half.

“We are deeply moved by the outpouring of love from the community and are grateful for the support of the Arvada Police Department and their partners. We don’t yet have all of the information about what happened to Johnny, and we look forward to learning the outcome of a thorough and independent investigation.

“As a household, we ask that there not be hypothesis in the media whereas the details are being decided. It helps nobody. We ask that our privateness be revered whereas our grief continues to be so recent. We ask that any media inquiries be directed to the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office,” the assertion mentioned.

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