Arvada Police Release Video Of Ambush In Olde Town And Confirm “Samaritan” Shot By Officer
ARVADA, Colo. (KRDO) – The Arvada Police Department has officially confirmed that John Hurley, the Colorado Springs native who helped shoot a gunman in Olde Town Arvada earlier this week, has been shot and killed by a police officer.
APD posted a lengthy update on its Facebook page on Friday afternoon. detailing more information on the “ambush” and what led to Hurley’s murder. DPA officer Gordon Beesley was shot dead by suspect Ronald Troyke, and Hurley was caught in the middle when he opened fire on Troyke.
APD released a video on Friday showing parts of the incident that unfolded on June 21. WARNING: The spectator’s discretion is advised.
According to the Arvada Police Department, Troyke’s brother called the police to ask for a welfare check because his brother was “going to do something crazy.” At 1:08 p.m., Beesley and another DPA officer went to Troyke’s home but were unable to contact him.
At 1:17 p.m., police received a call about a suspicious person in Olde Town Square. Beesley arrived at 1:30 p.m. and crossed an alley towards the plaza, but the suspect entered an area in a truck and parked behind Beesley.
APD says Troyke got out of his truck with a semi-automatic shotgun, ran after Beesley, yelled at him, then shot him twice as soon as he turned around.
APD says Troyke then returned to his truck and got an AR-15, then returned to Olde Town Square, where he was confronted by Hurley. APD says Hurley shot the suspect with a handgun.
According to the APD update, another Arvada police officer arrived and found Hurley, who was holding the suspect’s AR-15. This unidentified officer shot Hurley. Hurley later died from a gunshot wound.
According to APD, Troyke had written a document containing the following statements:
- “My goal today is to kill the Arvada police officers”
- “We the people have never been your enemy, but we are now”
- “This is what you get, you are the people who are consumable”
- “Hundreds of pigs should be killed every day”
- “Today I will kill as many Arvada officers as possible”
- “I just hope I don’t die without killing any of you pigs”
APD said investigations into the deaths of Beesley and Hurley are still ongoing, but Arvada PD is not part of the investigation into Hurley’s death.
The APD said the department viewed Hurley’s actions as “heroic.”
“It is clear that he intervened in an active shooting that unfolded quickly in a busy shopping area in the middle of the day, and that he did so without hesitation. Mr. Hurley’s actions certainly did. saved others from serious injury or death, ”APD said. .