ARVADA, CO— A good Samaritan is being called a hero after jumping into action after hearing gunshots outside of a Military store.
On Tuesday, that good Samaritan was identified as John Hurley by the Arvada Police Department.
Hurley was among three people killed in the shootout that took place on Monday, June 21st in Olde Town, when a police officer was fatally shot after being targeted in an ambush-style attack because he was wearing his uniform, as Law Enforcement Today reported.
The chief called Hurley a “true hero.” Witnesses told Denver7 that Hurley confronted the gunman.
40-year-old John Hurley lived in Golden, Colorado, and is described as an outspoken activist by a friend.
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Denver7 reported that Bill Troyanos was working at the Arvada Army Navy Surplus store on Monday afternoon when Hurley walked into the business.
He said Hurley was inside for just a few minutes when they heard gunshots outside and saw the gunman in the plaza. Troyanos said Hurley swiftly pulled his gun from his holster and jumped into action.
“He did not hesitate; he didn’t stand there and think about it. He totally heard the gunfire, went to the door, saw the shooter and immediately ran in that direction,”
“I just want to make sure his family knows how heroic he was.”
Hurley was overheard urging people to get to safety by a local store manager, who asked not to be identified.
The manager said:
“He turned back and looked towards everybody at the restaurant and told us that he (the gunman) is coming, that he is coming back and that we should get inside,”
He went on to say:
“I ran to the back of the store, closer to the alley, kind of ‘nooked’ myself in a corner just to feel safe.”
Troyanos said he witnessed Hurley confront the gunman.
“Mr. Hurley shot him. I think I heard 6 shots from his gun, maybe 5,”
He said the gunman fell against a parked vehicle after Hurley fired.
Hurley, veteran Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesely and the gunman, Ronald Troyke, were killed in the shooting on Monday afternoon in Olde Town Square.
It is now being reported that a responding officer was the one who shot and killed Hurley in the chaos of the moment. Police haven’t confirmed who shot the gunman, according to reports.
John Hurley was a Hero.
As a responsible carrier he stopped a threat after a policeman was shot. Sadly in the confusion of the moment he himself was shot. Rest in peace, John. #Arvada #arvadastrong pic.twitter.com/oe6Yz0KDia
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Troyanos reportedly captured video of Hurley being carried away by paramedics on a stretcher.
“I’ve got a pit in my stomach. I mean, just to know that he got killed being that brave,”
Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said Hurley is a true hero who likely disrupted what could have been a larger loss of life.
Cody Soules, a longtime friend of Hurley, released a statement to Denver7:
“John was a good guy, he would give you the shirt off his back. He was an outspoken activist, and wanted to help people and create change in his community. I was saddened to hear about his passing.”
Here is the original report Law Enforcement Today brought you on the incident.
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DENVER, CO – A police officer fatally shot in Olde Town Arvada on Monday afternoon was targeted in an ambush-style attack because he was wearing his uniform, according to the Arvada Police Department’s chief.
Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley, a 19-year veteran and school resource officer, was killed in the ambush that also resulted in the death of an innocent bystander who came to the officer’s aid and the shooter, Police Chief Link Strate said in a news briefing on Tuesday.
Chief Strate said the suspected shooter, 59-year-old Ronald Troyke, expressed hatred toward law enforcement. Police have found no connection between Officer Beesley and Troyke.
The Chief said:
“While we yet don’t have all the facts, I can tell you that Gordon was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge.
“Officer Beesley was ambushed by a person who expressed hatred of police officers.”
The bystander killed is being praised as a hero by the police and the public. John Hurley, 40, rushed to the scene of the shooting and shot Troyke with his own personal firearm. Hurley, from Golden, was a “true hero,” according to Chief Strate:
“He was a true hero who likely disrupted what could have been a larger loss of life.”
Officer Beesley volunteered to patrol the Olde Town area, which is in the middle of a popular shopping and entertainment district northwest of Denver because the schools had closed for summer vacation.
At around 1:15 p.m. on Monday, he responded to a call about a disturbance near the city library. About fifteen minutes into the incident, 911 calls began coming in reporting the shooting.
Hurley, who was shopping for outdoor gear, reportedly heard the shooting of Officer Beesley and ran to help. He drew his own firearm and shot Troyke, killing him.
How Hurley was shot and killed is still being determined.
Bill Troyanos was working nearby at the Army Navy Surplus Store and witnessed the incident. He said he heard a shot and looked outside. He saw Hurley rushing toward the plaza while drawing his firearm. Using a brick wall for cover, Hurley took aim. Troyanos said:
“When the gunman came back toward the plaza, that’s when Hurley opened fire on him. I did see him shoot the gunman.”
Troyanos said he did not see Hurley get shot:
“I would like to know how Hurley got shot…
“He did not hesitate; he didn’t stand there and think about it. He totally heard the gunfire, went to the door, saw the shooter and immediately ran in that direction. I just want to make sure his family knows how heroic he was.”
Taylor Garland , a friend of Hurley’s said he always wanted to be a hero:
“What happened feels so true to his character. He always knew he wanted to be the hero if presented with a situation like this.”
Police said they are investigating the incident and are trying to answer several questions, including how Hurley was shot:
“We hope in the next few days to have all of this information and we promise to provide that to our citizens.”
A note left behind by Troyke and recovered after the shooting contained threats against Arvada police officers, Detective Dave Snelling told the AP on Wednesday.
A vigil was held for Officer Beesley on Tuesday. The fallen officer was called by the Chief a true gentleman and kind soul, who always had a smile on his face.
Officer Beesley, a married father of two, was a 19-year veteran of the Arvada department. He served as a school resource officer at Oberon Middle School but was working patrol and motorcycle traffic duty while schools were out. Jefferson County Public Schools issued a statement:
“It is with heavy hearts we send our condolences to the Beesley family and the Arvada Police Department.
“Officer Beesley served as school resource officer … for over 10 years as a deeply valued school and community partner. We honor and thank him for his dedication to our students, school, district, and community. He will be missed.”
Officer ambushed and shot at by felon while in police car in a church parking lot
June 19, 2021
DECATUR, IL – A Decatur Police officer was reportedly shot at while parked inside of their marked squad vehicle during the evening of June 18th.
Officials say that the officer was not injured during the shooting and that a 29-year-old suspect was arrested following a pursuit that ensued.
At approximately 10:45 p.m. on June 18th, a Decatur Police officer was inside of a marked squad car at a church parking lot within the 300 block of East Leafland Avenue, with the officer reportedly completing some paperwork at the time.
While sitting inside of his squad car, authorities say that a man, later identified as 29-year old Marcus Boykin, allegedly pulled up to the officer’s driver’s side window and fired a single shot toward the officer.
Luckily, the officer was not struck by said gunfire.
Following the shooting, a pursuit was launched, with authorities saying that Boykin pointed a firearm at officers as they were attempting to pull him over.
Reportedly one officer fired at Boykin in response to the raised firearm, but the suspect was not hit by the officer’s gunfire.
Police say that the pursuit ended within the 1300 block of North Martin Luther King Drive and Boykin was taken unto custody.
Boykin is now facing a litany of charges, which include attempted murder of a police officer, aggravated assault of a police officer, possession of a weapon by a felon, aggravated fleeing and eluding, as well as aggravated DUI.
The officer who reportedly opened fire on the suspect during the pursuit was placed on administrative leave, which is standard policy within Decatur Police.
Officials have not released the name of the officer fired upon initially during the incident.
This is an ongoing investigation.
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