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Hero Down: Arvada PD Officer Gordon Beesley Murdered By Killer Targeting Cops

Arvada, CO – Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley was ambushed and murdered by an active shooter on Monday in the plaza at Olde Town Arvada.

The fatal shooting occurred just before 2 p.m. on June 21 in the suburban Denver shopping district near 57th and Old Wadsworth, KCNC reported.

Officials have not released details of what led up to the shooting but Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said Officer Beesley was targeted, NPR reported.

Chief Strate told reporters on June 22 that Officer Beesley was “ambushed by a person who expressed hatred of police officers.”

“I can tell you Gordon was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge,” he said. “While this was a deliberate act of violence, we still believe this was an isolated incident and our community is safe.”

After Officer Beesley was shot, a good Samaritan rushed out of a nearby surplus store and confronted the gunman.

Police said 40-year-old John Hurley fatally shot the officer’s killer – later identified as 59-year-old Ronald Troyke – and was also killed himself, KCNC reported.

Officer Beesley was a school resource officers with a reputation for being compassionate with struggling students, NPR reported.

The 19-year veteran of the Arvada Police Department was usually assigned to Oberon Middle School, but he was working patrol on the day he was killed because schools are closed for the summer, KCNC reported.

Before Officer Beesley became a school resource officer, he worked patrol and was a member of the police department’s motorcycle unit.

But before he went into law enforcement in 2002, Officer Beesley was the drummer in several popular bands on the Denver music scene, the Gazette reported.

He was the founding drummer in the well-known Railbenders, and also played with Brethren Fest, which was voted Colorado’s best rock/pop band twice at the annual Westword Music Awards Showcase, as well as a few other bands.

School staff said it wasn’t unusual for the officer to share his musical talents to entertain or cheer up students and employees at the middle school.

Community members lined the streets of Arvada waving American and Thin Blue Line flags on Monday evening to honor the fallen officer as his body was taken to the funeral home, KCNC reported.

Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley, both blood and blue. Thank you for your service.

Officer Gordon Beesley, your life mattered.

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Sandy Malone

Managing Editor - Twitter/@SandyMalone_ - Prior to joining The Police Tribune, Sandy wrote the Politics.Net column for the Wall Street Journal and was managing editor of Campaigns & Elections magazine. More recently, she was an internationally-syndicated columnist for Conde Nast (BRIDES), The Huffington Post, and Monsters and Critics. Sandy is married to a retired police captain and former SWAT commander.

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