Investigation of police shooting in Olde Town Arvada presented to Jefferson County district attorney
A critical incident response team’s investigation into an Olde Town Arvada shooting incident that killed three people — an officer, a good Samaritan and a suspect — has been presented to the Jefferson County district attorney’s office. The investigation focuses on a police shooting in the case.
The 1st Judicial District (Jefferson and Gilpin counties) team presented its findings Thursday, and District Attorney Alexis King and a team of prosecutors will conduct a review of the investigation and the evidence collected, King’s office said in a news release.
The investigation, specifically into the shooting involving an officer from the Arvada Police Department, was led by the Jefferson County sheriff’s office with assistance from other Jefferson County law enforcement agencies and investigators from the 1st Judicial District.
“No officers from the Arvada Police Department performed critical duties related to the investigation,” the release said.
Johnny Hurley, the good Samaritan who carried a concealed weapon so he could defend himself and others, drew his weapon and confronted a gunman in Olde Town. He was killed a short time later by a responding Arvada officer. When the officer arrived, Hurley was holding the gunman’s AR-15 after shooting him, police said at the time.
Also killed in the June 21 shooting incident was Gordon Beesley, a 19-year veteran of the Arvada Police Department who served as a school resource officer at Oberon Middle School. Beesley was working in the patrol division while school was out for the summer.
Ronald Troyke had ambushed Beesley, prior to being shot and killed by Hurley. Hurley’s actions likely saved the lives of others who were in the Olde Town area that day, police said.
The district attorney’s office withheld “additional statements” Thursday, citing the ongoing investigative review.
Upon completion of the review, King’s office will determine if charges should be filed against the officer involved. If no charges are filed, the district attorney will publish a report outlining the decision. The report will be available to the public.
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