The Arvada, Colorado police officer who was shot and killed on Monday was “ambushed” by the gunman who was also killed, the police chief said.
Officer Gordon Beesley, who has been with the police service for almost 19 years, and John Hurley, 40, of Golden, who police called a Good Samaritan, died on Monday, but few new details on what happened in the historic town of Denver, Olde The section of town was released. Police cited an ongoing investigation.
“Constable Beesley has been ambushed by someone who has expressed hatred of the police,” Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said at a press conference on Tuesday.
Strate also called Hurley a “true hero who likely disrupted what could have been a greater loss of life,” but details of what Hurley did were unclear on Tuesday.
Ronald Troyke, 59, of Arvada, was identified by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office Tuesday as the suspect, who died in the incident.
“Detectives continue to work to determine what happened,” Strate said.
Police responded to a disturbing call in Olde Town Square, in a historic district near a library, at around 1:15 p.m., and 15 minutes later the department received calls to 911 indicating that gunshots had taken place. been shot and an officer was shot.
In addition to the police criminal investigation, a “critical incident response team investigation” is also underway that will review police actions, the Jefferson County Sheriff said, Jeff Shrader. This investigation is made up of law enforcement officials from across the county.
Attempts to locate and contact those close to Troyke were not immediately successful on Tuesday evening.