Arvada, CO – Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley was ambushed and murdered by an active shooter on Monday in the plaza at Olde Town Arvada.
The fatal shooting occurred just before 2 p.m. on June 21 in the suburban Denver shopping district near 57th and Old Wadsworth, KCNC reported.
Officials have not released details of what led up to the shooting but Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said Officer Beesley was targeted, NPR reported.
Chief Strate told reporters on June 22 that Officer Beesley was “ambushed by a person who expressed hatred of police officers.”
“I can tell you Gordon was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge,” he said. “While this was a deliberate act of violence, we still believe this was an isolated incident and our community is safe.”
After Officer Beesley was shot, a good Samaritan rushed out of a nearby surplus store and confronted the gunman.
Police said 40-year-old John Hurley fatally shot the officer’s killer – later identified as 59-year-old Ronald Troyke – and was also killed himself, KCNC reported.
Officer Beesley was a school resource officers with a reputation for being compassionate with struggling students, NPR reported.
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