America has lost two heroes in a shooting that happened in Colorado late last week. Johnny Hurley “undoubtedly saved many lives” when he killed a gunman in a shooting spree, only to be fatally shot himself by responding police responders in Colorado.
Hurley shot a man who ambushed and killed a Colorado police officer, likely saving other lives, officials confirmed Friday.
“We lost two heroes,” Arvada Police Chief Link Strate stated Friday, acknowledging that Johnny Hurley “undoubtedly saved many lives Monday afternoon.”
The shooting occurred in Arvada, Colorado, at about 1:30 p.m. on Monday after Officer Godon Beesley, a school resource officer, responded to a report of a suspicious person.
Ronald Troyke of Arvada, 59, was armed with a 12-gauge semiautomatic shotgun when he started to run behind officer Beesley.
Video of the shooting released by police shows Troyke running behind Beesley while holding a firearm and wearing a hat and face mask. Troyke then yelled out to Beesley, who is seen suddenly turning around in the video.
Officer Gordon Beesley
The video does not show the shooting, but police said Troyke then shot Beesley twice, killing the 19-year veteran.
According to police, Troyke left behind a document, which stated that he had intended to target police officers in a deadly rampage.
“My goal today is to kill Arvada PD officers,” the document reportedly stated. “We the people were never your enemy, but we are now.”
The note contained several other statements targeting police, including “This is what you get, you are the people who are expendable” and “Hundreds of you pigs should be killed daily.”
“Gordon was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge,” Strate said at a news conference on Tuesday.
Hurley confronted Troyke after Troyke returned to his truck to pick up an AR-15.
“It is clear that Mr. Hurley intervened in an active shooting that unfolded quickly,” Strate said in his statement Friday. “He did so without hesitation.”
Hurley shot the suspect with a handgun, Strate said, and “undoubtedly saved many lives 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 assertions earlier in the week that Troyke had shot and killed Hurley, who had not yet been identified.