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Johnny Hurley, hailed by police as a “good Samaritan” for his actions during the Olde Town Arvada shooting in June, was killed by a single gunshot to the pelvis after a responding officer mistakenly assumed Hurley was the active shooter, according to a coroner’s report released Monday.

Forensic pathologist John D. Carver formally ruled Hurley’s death a homicide, due to that gunshot wound, in the six-page report released by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.

The report details the events of June 21, when Hurley confronted active shooter Ronald Troyke, who had just killed Arvada police Officer Gordon Beesley with a shotgun and fired at parked vehicles.

After Troyke returned to his own vehicle to exchange the shotgun for what police have described as an AR-15 rifle, Hurley — who had been shopping nearby when the shooting started — approached the gunman “and shot him several times” with his own handgun, according to the report.

Hurley “removed Troyke’s assault rifle from his body,” Carver wrote in the autopsy report. “Another responding officer then saw the decedent holding the assault rifle, and fired his handgun at him, mistakenly assuming that the decedent was the active shooter.”

Doctors at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge declared Hurley dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital, according to the report.

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The autopsy report describes the wound to the pelvis, fired from “indeterminate range,” as entering the right upper buttock. There was no exit wound, according to the report.

The Arvada Police Department has acknowledged that one of its officers fatally shot Hurley after the 40-year-old picked up Troyke’s AR-15. A critical incident response team investigation of the shooting has been presented to the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office, which will rule whether the officer who shot Hurley was justified.

Police previously have said Beesley, a 19-year veteran of the department, was shot twice in the ambush by Troyke. Investigators reported finding a note written by Troyke, 59, at his home with multiple statements about wanting to kill police, including, “Today I will kill as many Arvada officers as I possibly can.”

Arvada police repeatedly have hailed Hurley as a hero for preventing further bloodshed.

“Johnny’s actions can only be described as decisive, courageous and effective in stopping further loss of life,” Chief Link Strate said in a video made a few days after the shooting.






A 'heroic' man who fatally shot a gunman was himself killed by a responding officer, Colorado police say

Police say Johnny Hurley, 40, confronted the gunman, identified as Ronald Troyke, after Troyke had shot and killed Arvada police officer Gordon Beesley near Arvada's Olde Town Square on Monday afternoon.
Johnny Hurley
As Troyke ran toward the square with a long gun, Hurley shot the suspect with a handgun, according to Arvada police.
"A responding Arvada Police Officer then encountered Mr. Hurley, who was holding the suspect's AR-15," the statement said. "The officer shot him."
"Arvada PD views Mr. Hurley's actions as heroic; it is clear that he intervened in an active shooting that unfolded quickly in a busy commercial area in the middle of the day, and that he did so without hesitation. Mr. Hurley's actions certainly saved others from serious injury or death," Arvada police said in the statement.
The shooting incident took place when Troyke's brother called Arvada police asking for a welfare check because he believed Troyke was going to "do something crazy," the statement reads.
Beesley and another officer made the welfare check but were unsuccessful in locating Troyke, after which they were dispatched to Olde Town Square to check on a report of a suspicious person, according to the statement.
In surveillance video of the incident, the suspect can be seen parking his truck behind Officer Beesley as he is walking through a parking area.
Troyke gets out of his truck with what police describe as a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun. Troyke shot the 19-year-veteran two times, according to police.
"Officer Beesley did not reach for his gun and takes no defensive action -- he simply turns in response to the suspect who then shoots and kills him," the statement reads.
The suspect then shot out the windows of nearby patrol cars before running back to his truck to retrieve his AR-15, and back towards the square, according to the statement. Police say that is when he was shot by Hurley.
Police also confirm that they recovered a note from Troyke which contained a host of specific threats against the Arvada Police Department.
"Today I will kill as many Arvada officers as I possibly can," and "I just hope I don't die without killing any of you pigs," were among the threats spelled out in the document, according to police.
Aerial photo of the scene at Olde Town Square in Arvada, Colorado.
Monday's shooting incident has triggered two separate investigations to this point, with the Arvada Police Department conducting the probe into Officer Beesley's death. A multi-agency Critical Incident Response Team (CIRT) is investigating Hurley's fatal shooting, according to the statement.
"We want to be clear that although these two deaths unfolded as part of the same incident, they are being investigated separately," Arvada PD says.
"Finally, it is clear that the suspect bears responsibility for this tragic sequence of events," the department adds.

Statement by Hurley's family

Hurley's family put out a statement that was released by the district attorney's office.
"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," the statement said in part.
"We are deeply moved by the outpouring of love from the community and are grateful for the support of the Arvada Police Department and their partners. We don't yet have all of the information about what happened to Johnny, and we look forward to learning the outcome of a thorough and independent investigation.
"As a family, we ask that there not be speculation in the media while the facts are being determined. It helps no one. We ask that our privacy be respected while our grief is still so fresh. We ask that any media inquiries be directed to the First Judicial District Attorney's Office," the statement said.
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Arvada shooting leaves teen in critical condition

ARVADA, Colo. — A teenager is in critical condition after a shooting Sunday evening, Arvada Police Department said.

Police said officers responded around 5:30 p.m. to Castle Gates Apartments in the 7200 block of West 84th Way for a reported disturbance involving multiple people that ended in a shooting.

A 17-year-old teenager was injured in the shooting and was taken to the hospital where he remains in critical condition, according to police, who confirmed he is a student at a local high school.

There are no suspects in custody, and police did not provide a possible description.

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Good Samaritan who died in Arvada shooting was shot by police, according to sources

Officer shot, killed ‘good Samaritan’ believing he was Arvada shooter, autopsy says

ARVADA, Colo. (KDVR) — John Hurley, a “good Samaritan” who killed a gunman targeting police in Olde Town Arvada on June 21, has been dead for three months, and now we’re getting new information about what led to his death.

Police said 40-year-old Hurley, of Golden, intervened in the incident after Officer Gordon Beesley was killed and “likely disrupted what could have been a larger loss of life.”

He was shot and killed by a responding officer who, according to a coroner’s report, saw him moving the attacker’s gun and thought he was the gunman who had killed Beesley.

Hurley was shot one time in the pelvis. He was taken to Lutheran Medical Center and declared dead shortly after.

A Critical Incident Response Team investigation was conducted and completed earlier this month. It has been handed off to the DA, who will determine if the officer who shot Hurley will face charges.

This is a breaking story. It will be updated shortly with more details from Hurley’s autopsy.

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Arvada police confirmed Friday that one of their officers fired the shot that killed “good Samaritan” Johnny Hurley during Monday’s attack that also left a veteran officer and his suspected ambusher dead.

“Our police department, and the community's, view of Mr. Hurley and his actions are heroic. It is clear that Mr. Hurley intervened in an active shooting that unfolded quickly in a busy commercial area in the middle of the day. And he did so without hesitation,” said Arvada Police Chief Link Strate in a video press release. “Mr. Hurley's actions saved others from serious injury or death.”

Strate said Hurley shot the suspected gunman Ronald Troyke, 59, with a handgun after Troyke shot Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley with a 12 gauge semi-automatic shotgun. 

After he shot Beesley, Troyke went back to his truck and retrieved an AR-15. At that point, he was shot by Hurley, who then came closer and picked up that weapon. Another Arvada officer, who has not been identified, arrived on scene and shot Hurley.

The department also released a timeline of Monday’s events. It shows that an hour before the shooting, Troyke’s brother called police asking for a welfare check because he suspected his brother was going “to do something crazy.” Beesley and another officer attempted to contact Troyke at his residence but weren’t able to reach him. Then someone made a call to police about a suspicious person in the Olde Town Square. Beesley was dispatched to that call and arrived at the Square at 1:31 p.m.

In security footage released by the Department, a man who police say is Troyke is seen parking a truck in a parking lot near the Square and approaching Beesley from behind. Troyke shot Beesley twice, before the officer could draw his gun, Strate said. Troyke then shot out the windows of a patrol car and fired shots into the air, according to the police statement. Off camera a few minutes later, Hurley approaches Troyke and shoots him. 

The Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office and the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office have launched an investigation into the officer who shot Hurley; Colorado law requires an outside investigation whenever an officer kills or injures someone in the line of duty.

“Our beloved son and brother Johnny is no more. We loved him dearly. May he rest in peace,” said the family of Hurley in a statement released by the District Attorney’s office. “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. Johnny had an inquiring mind, independent spirit, and strong principles, though he was beholden to no single cause or belief. He called out injustice when he saw it.” 

The family said they look forward to the outcome of a “thorough and independent investigation.” 

In a statement Friday, District Attorney Alexis King said, “We are committed to transparency, and the complete results of the investigation into Johnny Hurley’s death and all pertinent facts will be made known at the completion of the investigation, when all witnesses have been interviewed and evidence collected, and when doing so does not compromise reaching a just result.”

The officer under investigation is on paid administrative leave.

At the same time as the DA and sheriff’s office conducts its officer-involved shooting investigation, the Arvada Police Department continues to investigate Troyke.

A search warrant found that he left threatening notes behind about wanting to target law enforcement. The note said: “My goal today is to kill Arvada PD officers,” and “We the people were never your enemy, but we are now,” according to the Arvada Police Department which released excerpts of the notes.

3 pm update on Olde Town Arvada shooting

Pressure Mounts For Completion Of Olde Town Arvada Deadly Shooting Investigation

GOLDEN, Colo. (CBS4)– Protestors showed up outside the offices of First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King on Thursday, calling for the completion of an investigation into the deadly shooting in Arvada’s Olde Town on June 21. They also called for the release of the video showing the shooting of Johnny Hurley, which Arvada police said happened after Hurley picked up an AR-15 that was used by the shooter who killed Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley.

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Hurley shot and killed the shooter Ronald Troyke.

“If that actually is the case, show us the footage that he picked up the AR-15 and perhaps could be perceived as presenting a threat. Until they show that footage where he picked up the AR-15, like I’m inclined to be very skeptical of that claim,” said Joel Aigner, a friend of Hurley’s and part of a group identifying themselves as “We Are Change Colorado,” that Hurley was active with as well.

They say they are concerned about the honesty and integrity of the investigation.

“If it is in good faith, we still need to be able to see the accountability in order for any of us to feel there’s any kind of resolution to this, including Johnny’s family,” said Aigner.

John “Johnny” Hurley (left) and Gordon Beesley (right) (credit: Hurley family & Arvada Police)

A District Attorney’s office representative talked to the group, explaining that the video of the shooting of Hurley might be evidence if there were ever charges against the officer who shot him.

“I was really appreciative of that. They did give me somewhat of a hope that maybe they aren’t completely lying about this. Maybe there is a good reason why they’re not showing the video. Because to me it’s very odd to see a cop murdered on video and not see the heroic acts of Johnny Hurley on video,” said protestor Bruce Baumann.

The group says they believe in non-aggression, self-defense and truth. Hurley they explained, believed in very limited government, but was well trained with a concealed carry weapon he used to shoot Troyke.

The office of the District Attorney released a statement: “We welcome the community to voice their concerns and understand their desire for answers. It is our responsibility to perform a complete, thorough and independent review of all the evidence that was collected by the Critical Incident Response Team and turned over to our office on Sept. 9th. As with any case where criminal charges are considered, we want to arrive at the right decision based on the law and the evidence. Under Rules 3.6 and 3.8(f) of the Colorado Rules of Professional Conduct – a set of attorney regulations adopted by the Colorado Supreme Court – we are ethically prohibited from releasing any of the evidence or additional information at this time.”

Arvada Mayor Marc Williams is also looking for answers.

“Obviously there’s a general distrust of government, these days, throughout the nation, and unfortunately locally as well, and so, yes, I have heard people speculate that there’s a cover up going on, or there’s you know they’re trying to manufacture things or whatever to clear our officers,” said Williams. “I truly don’t believe that has happened and I frankly I know it hasn’t happened. but it anytime these things take this long there’s going to be conjecture, and unfortunately in today’s world that conjecture can turn very suspicious.”

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Williams said he would like some indication from DA Alexis King.

“I’d like the DA to give us some expectation of how long her process is going to take now that she’s got the information.”

The office received a report from the Critical Incident Response Team led by the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office on Sept. 9. There may be large amounts of evidence and witness reports to review.

Williams has his beliefs about what happened. He shared that he’s been told there was a lot of confusion in radio traffic at the time of the shooting and that it was indicated that there were two shooters. In fact, there were, cop killer Ronald Troyke and Hurley.

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“Obviously, I’m biased. I believe this was a horrible tragic mistake in terms of the death of Johnny Hurley. And we feel very badly about that.”

What remains unanswered is whether police warned Hurley to drop the weapon he reportedly picked up after shooting Troyke, an AR-15. And did Hurley get appropriate medical care in a timely manner after taking one shot to the pelvis that the coroner says led to his death. No information has been released that would address either question.

The story about what happened and Johnny Hurley’s beliefs have never fit cleanly into an easy narrative.

“Johnny is not a ‘back the blue’ kind of guy. Like, we don’t just unquestionably back authority. You know, he was an anarchist,” explained Aigner, who says they were friends since their teenage years. “And was very agnostic at times of police actions. But he still gave his life that day to save the life of a police officer and any reasonable human being wants accountability for the actions that the police took that day.”

An explanation of what happened is still in the hands of the district attorney and possible charges there as well. Protestors said they would advocate what’s been called, “restorative justice,” a process of circling all involved to talk about what happened. And if the actions of the officer who shot Johnny Hurley were simply a mistake that could not have been prevented they were willing to lend understanding.

“We want that for everyone involved,” said protestor Alexis Kegel. “We want that officer to be able to return to work and not have ongoing trauma from a mistake they have made… that can reveal that it was a mistake, that can reveal what really happened. We need transparency first.”

Others in the group remarked that daylight might bring light on what happened to stop it from happening again.

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Aigner said, “There needs to be adjustments to standard operating procedures for police and how they deal with potential concealed carriers that are stopping mass shootings and make sure that we don’t have somebody else that’s stopping mass shooting in the future, or that feels hesitant about stopping a mass shooting in the future because of what happened to Johnny. We don’t want to inhibit that kind of good Samaritan behavior.”


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Johnny Hurley was a man of action, those who knew him say, never sitting back and waiting on others — whether it was planning a camping trip, retrofitting an airport shuttle bus into an arcade, or running toward a man hellbent on killing police officers in a town plaza.

It was the latter action that cost Hurley his life in Olde Town Arvada on June 21. On Tuesday, his family and friends gathered to tell stories, eat and drink, and play video games in celebration of Hurley’s life.

Multiple friends described Hurley as a man of principle, and although they wished the outcome that day in Olde Town was different, they understood why their friend rushed to confront a shooter who had just ambushed and killed Arvada police Officer Gordon Beesley.

“If you really want to change things, you’ve got to be an example,” friend Law Johnston said. “He’s one of those guys you need around in your life. He’s such a good guy. He became a legend on that sad and fateful day.”

Hurley was shot by an Arvada police officer who was responding to the shooting. The 40-year-old had been shopping in the Arvada Army Navy Surplus store in preparation for a family camping trip when gunshots rang out. He carried a concealed weapon, so he drew his handgun and ran toward the shooting.

He killed the gunman, who investigators have said had threatened to kill as many officers as possible, and police hailed Hurley as a “good Samaritan” and a hero.

Separate investigations into the killing of Beesley and the police shooting of Hurley remain ongoing.

On Tuesday, the Hurley family held a two-hour memorial service at the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities and then gathered for a picnic at Robby Ferrufino Park for tacos, pasta, beer, music, video games and even fortune-telling.

They shared memories of Hurley’s life, including how he passionately embraced controversial ideas.

He sometimes disagreed with his loved ones, especially his father, who served as a career U.S. diplomat. The two finally learned to “agree to disagree” on topics such as gun control, and “it was very important for us because we were able to grow from there,” his father, Michael J. Hurley, said.

Michael Hurley had planned to go on a camping trip this week with his children Johnny and Erin Hurley. Instead, he attended his son’s memorial service.

People say “he was the right man in the right place,” Michael Hurley said. “I think he was the wrong man in the right place. But I was his father.”

Andy O’Connell brought OC Entertainment’s Retro Cave — an old Denver International Airport shuttle bus that he and Hurley transformed into a mobile arcade with vintage video games such as “Ms. Pacman,” “Mortal Kombat II” and Atari’s “Star Wars.” O’Connell said he bought the bus in 2020 with the dream of turning it into an arcade, but the coronavirus pandemic tanked the plans.

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But this past spring, Hurley motivated him to finish it. Together, they wired the bus for the games and Hurley even sewed curtains. Now, the bus is a successful small business and O’Connell is thankful his friend pushed him to do it.

“He loved working with his hands and helping people accomplish things,” O’Connell said. “He would just not let me be lazy or put it off. He helped me do everything.”

Erin Hurley stood inside the arcade bus, picking out music that her brother would approve of.

The two were close, bonding over video games, camping and whiskey.

Losing her brother has been devastating, and Erin Hurley tells everyone she meets to call their families and tell them how much they are loved. Tomorrow is not promised, she said.

The last time they talked, Johnny Hurley questioned his sister about why she bragged about him so much.

“He said, ‘I don’t know why you put me on this pedestal. I’m just a normal guy. I’m just your big brother,'” Erin Hurley said. “My response was, ‘Being my big brother is all you have to be.”




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