Arvada police give update on Olde Town shooting

APD releases video and timeline of events


A video released by the Arvada Police is offering details and a timeline of the shooting of an Arvada Police officer on June 21.

Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley was shot by Ronald Troyke, 59, in Olde Town Square on June 21 before another responding APD officer shot civilian Johnny Hurley, 40, who had shot Troyke and was holding Troyke’s AR-15 when authorities arrived on the scene, according to information released by the APD on June 25.

Two investigations are ongoing; a criminal investigation into the death of Officer Beesley led by APD with assistance from state and federal agencies, and a Critical Incident Response Team investigation into the death of Johnny Hurley led by Jefferson County District Attorney Alexis King into whether there was appropriate conduct on the part of responding APD officers. 

One Arvada police officer has been put on administrative leave, according to APD Public Relations Officer Dave Snelling.

APD Chief Link Strate called Hurley a “hero” and said that his actions prevented further casualties, adding that the APD has not made any prior connection between Hurley and Troyke.

“(Hurley) is a true hero,” said Strate at a June 22 press conference. “He disrupted what could have been a larger loss of life. Through our investigation we have not made any prior connection between our good Samaritan and our suspect.”

A press release issued by the APD on June 25 stated that Troyke wrote a document expressing his disdain for the police department containing the following statements:

• “My goal today is to kill Arvada PD officers”

• “We the people were never your enemy, but we are now”

• “This is what you get, you are the people who are expendable”

• “Hundreds of you pigs should be killed daily”

• “Today I will kill as many Arvada officers as I possibly can”

• “I just hope I don’t die without killing any of you pigs”

Surveillance camera footage released by the APD on June 25 shows Troyke emerging from his vehicle with a 12-gauge semi-automatic shotgun, approaching Officer Beesley and shooting him twice as Beesley turns to respond. Troyke then runs back to his vehicle to retrieve an AR-15. The video cuts out before Hurley responds to the incident and is shot.

At the June 22 press conference, Strate said that the investigative team still believes this was an isolated incident and that the Arvada community and Olde Town are secure.  

“Communities need to understand and know what they ask of their police officers,” said Strate. “The sacrifices that they make, the cost to them for your safety. While this was a deliberate act of violence, we still believe that this was an isolated incident and the community is safe.”

Strate also gave more information about Officer Beesley and his career with the APD. 

“The death of Gordon Beesley is a tragic loss to this community and this department,” Strate said. “But most importantly, it is an inconceivable loss to his family. Gordon began his career with APD in September 2002.

“As an Arvada police 0fficer,” Strate continued, “he worked patrol, as a field training officer, motorcycle officer and a school resource officer. He worked at numerous schools in Arvada since 2012. Most recently, Gordon worked at Oberon Middle School. During the summer months our SROs work patrol and Gordon volunteered to work in the Olde Town area.”

Strate added that Beesley was a well-respected member of the community. 

“Gordon (Beesley) was a true gentleman and a kind soul,” said Strate. He always had a smile on his face, and everyone felt better after having had a conversation with Gordon.”


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