A ‘Good Samaritan’ was killed by police after shooting another gunman

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Johnny Hurley “no doubt saved many lives” when he killed a shooting suspect but was fatally shot himself by police officers in Colorado.

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Posted on June 25, 2021, at 8:57 PM ET

Colleen Slevin / AP

About 30 police cars line up for a procession on June 21 in honor of a cop who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colorado.

A “Good Samaritan” shot a man who ambushed and killed a Colorado police officer, likely saving other lives, but was fatally shot himself by officers responding, officials confirmed Friday.

Thanks to the police of Arvada

“We’ve lost two heroes,” Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said in a video message Friday, acknowledging that Johnny Hurley “no doubt saved many lives Monday afternoon” before being shot and killed by a responding officer.

The incident occurred on Monday, June 21 at about 1:30 p.m. in Arvada, Colorado, where Officer Gordon Beesley was responding to a report from a suspicious person.

Beesley, a school employee, was walking toward the area when the suspect, 59-year-old Ronald Troyke from Arvada, parked his truck and started running after him.

Troyke, police said, was armed with a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun.

Video of the shooting released by police shows Troyke running after Beesley while holding a firearm and wearing a hat and face mask.

Officials said Troyke yelled at Beesley, who suddenly turns around in the video.

Police Arvada via AP

The video doesn’t show the shooting, but police said Troyke then shot Beesley twice, killing the 19-year-old veteran.

Troyke continued to fire his weapon, police said, as he shot from the windows of patrol cars. Video shows witnesses running and taking cover in the parking lot after the shots were fired.

According to police, Troyke left a document stating that he planned to attack police officers in a deadly frenzy.

“My goal today is to kill Arvada PD officers,” the document reads. “We, the people, were never your enemy, but we are now.”

The note contained several other statements aimed at the police, including “This is what you get, you are the people who are expendable” and “Hundreds of your pigs should be killed daily.”

“Gordon was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and badge,” Strate said at a news conference on Tuesday.

Troyke at one point returned to his truck and switched weapons, picking up an AR-15. As he walked back to the busy commercial area, police said, Hurley confronted him.

“Clearly Mr Hurley intervened in an active shooting that was rapidly unfolding,” Strate said in his statement Friday. “He did that without hesitation.”

Hurley shot the suspect with a handgun, Strate said, and “no doubt saved many lives on Monday afternoon.”

But when another officer arrived at the scene, the police chief said, he saw Hurley holding Troyke’s AR-15 and shot him.

Strate’s confirmation that police shot and killed the same man who stopped an unfolding shooting in the middle of the day contradicted his department’s claims earlier in the week that Troyke shot and killed Hurley, who had not yet been identified.

In his statement, Strate called Hurley a hero.

“Our police and our community’s opinion of Mr Hurley and his actions are heroic,” he said.

On Thursday, the Arvada police posted a link to a GoFundMe Page which was set up to raise money for Hurley’s family.

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