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.
Springfield’s police commissioner praised officers for showing “incredible and courageous restraint”
By Jeanette DeForge masslive.com
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. — A 43-year-old man was arrested Sunday night, accused of firing about five rounds from a stolen gun and then threatening Springfield police officers and bystanders with it as he tried to run away.
The police department’s Real-Time Analysis Center released video footage from city cameras on Monday showing the encounter before the arrest. During the 3-minute footage, a man can be seen repeatedly waving the gun near 100 High St. where at least five people were walking. He then turned the gun toward police when they arrived, said Ryan Walsh, police spokesman.
No one was injured.
Jose Montanez, of Springfield, was arrested on nine charges including two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, carrying a loaded firearm without a license, carrying a dangerous weapon on school grounds and possession of a firearm and ammunition without a license, Walsh said.
At about 7:25 p.m., the ShotSpotter system picked up five gunshots on the 100 block of High Street. The camera then showed a suspect waving a gun around as two males walked away and a third confronted him. At that point, a police cruiser arrived.
“When officers arrived Montanez began fleeing,” Walsh said. “But (he) continued to point his firearm in the direction of officers and bystanders. Responding officers immediately observed that the firearm’s slide was locked in the rear, which typically indicates that a firearm is out of ammunition or unable to be fired unless the slide (is) moved forward.”
Police could see he was carrying an additional magazine for ammunition in his waistband, Walsh said.
At least two officers chased the man as he ran away. Several times he turned around, running backwards, and is accused of continuing to point the gun. At one point he dropped the gun but picked it back up, the footage showed.
Soon after, at least a half-dozen officers arrived to assist, and they all moved outside range of the camera.
“Montanez continued evading officers,” Walsh said. “He ran to the back of the High School of Commerce on State Street where he allegedly tossed his firearm on school property before being taken into custody by responding officers without further incident.”
The gun, which was recovered by officers, was reportedly stolen out of Ludlow, Walsh said.
“The outcome of this call is a huge credit to all of the officers on scene who showed incredible and courageous restraint in this situation, and, due to their keen observation during a fast-moving incident, were able to avoid an officer-involved-shooting,” Springfield Police Commissioner Cheryl C. Clapprood said.
“Reloading or moving the slide forward only takes a moment and likely would have had a much different end result,” she said. “The brazen actions of this suspect put in jeopardy the lives of our officers, several bystanders and himself and is an example of some of the most unpredictable, volatile and dangerous calls our officers respond to. This situation could have changed at any moment, and we are fortunate it ended as it did.”
Montenez has had previous encounters with police, Walsh said. He was scheduled to appear in Springfield District Court on Monday but information about his arraignment was not available.
“After reviewing this most chilling video, these officers showed tremendous restraint in not firing their weapons in this foot chase to subdue this violent offender, who was firing off his gun and pointing at officer’s numerous times,” Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said in a statement. “Those officers and residents were put in harm’s way and a very traumatic situation – they could have been injured or God forbid killed. Is this what it is coming to? Our courts are holding no one accountable, especially repeat violent criminal offenders who are allowed to run roughshod on our streets and neighborhoods, while our brave and dedicated men and women in blue risk their lives with arrest after arrest after arrest to keep all our residents and business community safe. Now the big question – will our courts hold him or just ‘pat him on the head’ and release him right back to our streets and in our neighborhoods.”
Coggon, IA – The suspect accused of shooting a Linn County sheriff’s deputy during an armed robbery at a gas station on Sunday night has been apprehended, according to police.
The Linn County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) confirmed early Monday afternoon that 36-year-old Chicago resident Stanley Donahue has been taken into custody.
Shortly before his arrest, the sheriff’s office issued an alert describing Donahue as “a person of interest” and warned he should be “considered armed and dangerous.”
Details regarding Donahue’s apprehension have not been released.
It is unclear what charges he might face.
“Outstanding efforts by multiple agencies resulted in this person being taken into custody without further violence,” Linn County Sheriff Brian Gardner tweeted. “This is [cooperative] law enforcement at its best.”
The attack occurred at Casey’s General Store located at 5110 Highway 13 at approximately 10:19 p.m. on Sunday, the LCSO said in a press release.
Deputies responded to the store after receiving a report of an alarm at that location.
LCSO said that when one of the deputies entered the building, “he was immediately met by an armed suspect.”
The gunman fired multiple rounds at the deputy, striking him several times.
The shooter then fled the scene in a van, the LCSO said.
Another responding deputy spotted the suspect vehicle and began pursuing the alleged gunman, who ultimately crashed on North 3rd Street and took off on foot.
A LCSO K9 tracked the suspect to the area of Highway 13 and Aldrich Road, where he lost his scent, according to the department.
Multiple agencies from across northeast Iowa responded to the area to assist in the manhunt.
The sheriff’s office issued a tweet overnight asking residents to stay inside and to keep their doors and vehicles locked.
The wounded deputy was airlifted to University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics with serious injuries, the LCSO said.
He was listed in stable condition on Monday afternoon.
“This was a tragic and needless shooting that resulted in serious injuries to one of our deputies who was merely doing his job to protect the citizens of Linn County,” Sheriff Gardner said in the press release.
Casey’s General Store spokesperson Katie Petru said no employees were injured during the armed robbery or the shooting, the Dallas County News reported.
“Our thoughts and prayers go out to the deputy who was shot during this horrific event,” Petru said. “We are also focused on our team members and ensuring they have the support they need.”
The last time a KCSO deputy was shot in the line of duty was in 1973, Sheriff Gardner told the Dallas County News.
Ponce, PR – Puerto Rico Police Department (PRPD) Sergeant Erasmo Garcia-Torres was killed in the line of duty on June 10 after being shot in the head while conducting a traffic stop on his lunch break.
Sgt. Garcia-Torres, 50, was on his lunch break when he spotted a driver committing a traffic violation, according to Primera Hora.
The sergeant briefly made contact with the suspect, but the man then tried to flee the scene, police said.
Sgt. Garcia Torres followed the suspect as he made his way to intersection of Calle Venus and Calle Villa.
But when they reached the intersection, the man he was following suddenly spun around and opened fire on him, hitting him in the head, Primera Hora reported.
Sgt. Garcia-Torres was rushed to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his wounds, Primera Hora reported.
The gunman, later identified as Bryan Ramos Rivera, has been arrested and charged with the sergeant’s murder.