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, who was shot and killed today, was a school resource officer at Oberon Middle School. In 2015, we profiled his friendship with a boy who had development disabilities. Officer Beesley would bike to school with him so he’d be safe. #9NEWS #LODD pic.twitter.com/Ng4xJNSc7X
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) June 22, 2021
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.
Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley – End Of Watch 6/21/2021 pic.twitter.com/U9h5A1FJBa
— Arvada Police (@ArvadaPolice) June 22, 2021
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.”
Arvada Police Officers put out Officer Beesley’s patrol bike and helmet at the growing memorial outside the department. He would often ride alongside students to Oberon Middle School where he was a school resource officer. #9News. pic.twitter.com/N24pouEd0H
— Jon Glasgow (@Glasgow_Reports) June 22, 2021
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.
My heart goes out to the family, friends, and coworkers of Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesely and John Hurley of Golden, who were killed during Monday’s shooting in Olde Town Arvada. pic.twitter.com/dKF7i5wOKn
— Governor Jared Polis (@GovofCO) June 24, 2021
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.”
We’re heartbroken for the loss our community and friends at @ArvadaPolice suffered today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the officer’s family, to everyone at Arvada Police, and to the other victim’s friends and family. pic.twitter.com/ZKZGbnsjSj
— Arvada Fire Protection District (@ArvadaFire) June 22, 2021
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.”
— Kelly Reinke (@KellyReinkeTV) June 22, 2021
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.
— CBSDenver (@CBSDenver) June 23, 2021
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.”
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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.
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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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