A heroic bystander named Johnny Hurley who had just shot and killed a cop-hating shooter was tragically struck by a responding officer, according to Colorado police.
According to officials, Johnny Hurley was out shopping in downtown Arvada, a Denver suburb, when he heard Ronald Troyke ambush and murder Officer Gordon Beesley, who was responding to a report Monday afternoon.
In a video clip broadcast Friday, Police Chief Link Strate said Troyke returned to his truck to get an AR-15, and was holding it when Hurley, who was carrying a concealed weapon, confronted him and shot him dead.
When an officer arrived, Johnny Hurley — now called a hero — was holding Ronald Troyke’s AR-15 and an officer opened fire, police said.https://t.co/BLD2QEgELF
Ronald Troyke is 59 years old. Johnny Hurley 40 years old.
Shot Dead By Police Full Details
When a second officer arrived on the scene, he noticed Hurley clutching the suspect’s rifle and confused him for the cop killer, fatally shooting him, according to Strate.
Strate said, “Officer Beesley was responding to a call in the area of Olde Town Arvada, and within seconds he was brutally ambushed and murdered by someone who expressed hatred towards police officers,”
Strate added, “The threat to our officers and our community was stopped by a hero named Johnny Hurley,”
“Johnny’s actions can only be described as decisive, courageous and effective in stopping further loss of life.”
The cop who shot and killed Hurley has been placed on administrative leave while separate law enforcement organizations investigate whether he should face criminal charges.
Troyke is seen going after Beesley in a parking lot and shooting him, while two witnesses stand nearby, according to security footage released by police on Friday. The man then walks back towards the street after retrieving the AR-15 from his truck. Hurley confronts the perpetrator before the tape ends, and the shooting deaths of Troyke and Hurley are not shown.
In a statement, the Arvada Police Department said, “Finally, it is clear that the suspect bears responsibility for this tragic sequence of events,”
According to cops, the document was only partially read, “We the people were never your enemy, but we are now,” and “hundreds of you pigs should be killed daily”
“Today I will kill as many Arvada officers as I possibly can … I just hope I don’t die without killing any of you pigs”
In the suburb’s downtown district, an adolescent called police to claim that an older man approached him made a strange noise and showed him a co*dom. According to the video, Beesley was slain just moments after responding to that call.
Hurley, who was apparently shopping at the Army-Navy Surplus store when he heard gunfire and came out to confront Troyke, was characterized by acquaintances as a local political activist who fought against police abuse, as well as a cook and musician.
Hurley’s family issued a statement on Friday, honoring their loved one and requesting privacy, according to the station.
The statement read, “Our beloved son and brother Johnny is no more. We loved him dearly. May he rest in peace. Before Johnny engaged in a clear-eyed response to a dire situation, he was already a wonderful human being with a great enthusiasm for life.”
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