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Arvada Police release video of ambush in Olde Town, confirm ‘Samaritan’ shot by officer

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ARVADA, Colo. (KRDO) -- The Arvada Police Department has officially confirmed that John Hurley, the Colorado Springs native who helped take down a gunman in Olde Town Arvada earlier this week, was shot by a police officer.

APD posted a lengthy update to its Facebook page Friday afternoon detailing more information about the "ambush," and what led to Hurley's killing. APD Officer Gordon Beesley was fatally shot by suspect Ronald Troyke, and Hurley was caught in the middle when he opened fire on Troyke.

Friday, APD released video showing parts of the incident that unfolded on June 21. WARNING: Viewer discretion is advised.

According to the Arvada Police Department, Troyke's brother called police asking for a welfare check because his brother was reportedly going to "do something crazy." At 1:08 p.m., Beesley and another APD officer went to Troyke's home but couldn't make contact with him.

At 1:17 p.m., police got a call about a suspicious person in Olde Town Square. Beesley arrived at 1:30 p.m. and walked through an alley toward the square, but the suspect pulled into an area in a truck and parked behind Beesley.

APD says Troyke got out of his truck with a semi-automatic shotgun, ran after Beesley, yelled at him and then shot him twice as soon as he turned.

APD says Troyke then went back to his truck and got an AR-15, then returned to Olde Town Square, where he was confronted by Hurley. APD says Hurley shot the suspect with a handgun.

Johnny Hurley; photo provided by Arvada Police Department

According to the update from APD, another Arvada Police Officer arrived and found Hurley, who was holding the suspect's AR-15. That officer, who hasn't been identified, shot Hurley. Hurley later died from the gunshot wound.

According to APD, Troyke had written a document that contained the following statements:

  • “My goal today is to kill Arvada PD officers”
  • “We the people were never your enemy, but we are now”
  • “This is what you get, you are the people who are expendable”
  • “Hundreds of you pigs should be killed daily”
  • “Today I will kill as many Arvada officers as I possibly can”
  • “I just hope I don’t die without killing any of you pigs”

APD said the investigations into Beesley's and Hurley's deaths are still ongoing, however Arvada PD is not part of the investigation into Hurley's death.

APD said the department views 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," APD said.

Andrew McMillan

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  1. So basically the second sop pulled up DID NOT i.d. himself, DID NOT verify his target ,DID NOT follow procedure and shot the person that did the cops job for them…….interesting.

    1. I’m often amused by the incredible ignorance that is proudly displayed here by expert armchair quarterbacks.

      1. I find nothing amusing about this situation ,and would worry about anyone who did.

        The officer abandoned/ignored/disregarded all training policies and procedures in place to prevent this type of situation.

        That is clear! ,if he had of followed them an innocent man would still be alive.

  2. Well that was an unnecessary tragedy..
    Perhaps let the poor guy get a word out before you kill him?

  3. Wow that is what you took from this you f***ing losers… What you should have taken away from this is the fact that a police officer was gunned down in cold blood, an armed citizen stopped the maniac. He should have put his weapon down so officers knew he wasn’t the one who did the shooting. Interesting how you can make snap judgments when you sit in your home from your keyboard, and I highly doubt any of you have the courage the officer or the citizen had in this case. But you will sit here and judge, talk about how guns are bad and want to take them from people… All I can say is go f*** yourself. Rest in Peace Hurley and Beesley.

    1. Of course, you fail to mention that it was the suspect who opened fire with a semi-automatic shotgun and then with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle. *HE’S* that one who should have had his guns taken away. Or do you think he was a responsible gun owner?

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