Police: Arvada police officer shot and killed was targeted because he was in uniform in ambush-style attack

Published: Jun. 21, 2021 at 2:05 PM MDT|Updated: Jun. 22, 2021 at 10:31 PM MDT
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ARVADA, Colo. (KKTV) - Three people, including a police officer and a suspect, were killed in Arvada on Monday.

On Tuesday, the Arvada Police chief shared unsettling details in the case. Investigators believe the police officer was targeted because he was in a law enforcement uniform and he was killed in an ambush-style attack. A good Samaritan and the suspect were also killed.

The shooting was reported at about 1:15 p.m. in Olde Town Square of Arvada on Monday. The area is near W. 57th Avenue and Olde Wadsworth Boulevard. The officer was responding to a call of something suspicious happening near the Arvada library, but it isn’t clear exactly what led up to the deadly encounter.

The officer was later identified as Officer Gordon Beesley. Beesley was a 19-year veteran who worked primarily as a School Resource Officer. Since school was out for the summer, Officer Beesley was out on patrol when the shooting happened. The good Samaritan was identified as 40-year-old John Hurley from Golden. Police are recognizing Hurley as a hero.

You can watch what the Arvada police chief said on Tuesday at the top of the article or by clicking here.

The suspect was identified by the coroner as Ronald Troyke, a 59-year-old man from Arvada.

A shelter-in-place alert was in effect for several hours and lifted at about 5 p.m. on Monday. A second shelter-in-place alert was active from 5 to 8:45 p.m. out of an abundance of caution.

“We know there are many rumors already floating around, this is still and active investigation and we will not be able to address or confirm rumors,” Detective David Snelling wrote in a press release. “At this time we believe this was an isolated incident and there is no continued threat to our community.”

There are two investigations taking place. The criminal investigation is being handled by the Arvada Police Department. The second investigation is being led by what’s called a “Critical Incident Response Team.” A district attorney will decide if there was any inappropriate conduct by officers involved.

Arvada Police Tweeted the following just before 2 p.m., describing it as an “active” situation:

A shelter-in-place alert was provided for residents in the area of 57th and Wadsworth in Arvada.

This is a developing story and this article will be updated as more information becomes available.

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