Arvada, CO – Officials released a timeline and surveillance video of the fatal shooting of an Arvada police officer on Friday and confirmed that the good Samaritan who killed the suspect was fatally shot by another responding officer who mistook him for the gunman (video below).
The Arvada Police Department (APD) also released a timeline that showed the incident began at 12:49 p.m. on June 21 when the gunman’s brother called police and requested a welfare check out of concern that his brother planned to “do something crazy,” KUSA reported.
Officials said APD Officer Gordon Beesley and another officer went to the home of the suspect – identified as Ronald Troyke – at 1 p.m., but were unable to contact him so they cleared the call 10 minutes later.
At 1:17 p.m., just a minute before officers reported to dispatch that they’d been unable to locate Troyke, someone called 911 from Olde Town Square in Arvada and reported a suspicious person, KUSA reported.
Authorities said Officer Beesley was dispatched to the square at 1:30 p.m. and arrived on the scene at 1:31 p.m.
He parked his police vehicle on Webster Street and cut through the alley to the square.
Police said that Troyke parked his truck behind Officer Beesley and followed him into Olde Town Square.
Surveillance video from the alley showed Troyke jumped out of his black pickup truck with a long gun and followed the officer.
Police said Troyke was carrying a 12-guage semi-automatic shotgun and called out to Officer Beesley, KUSA reported.
The video showed Officer Beesley turned a faced his killer before he was shot.
It did not appear in the video that the officer was aware of the threat because he did not reach for his weapon.
Troyke shot Officer Beesley twice as soon as he turned to face him and the officer fell to the pavement, the video showed.
Bystanders dove for cover and ran as gunman continued to walk along the sidewalk after he shot the officer.
Police said Troyke shot out the windows of police cars parked nearby and also fired his weapon into the air, KUSA reported.
Then he turned and ran back to his truck where he exchanged his shotgun for another gun, the video showed.
Police said Troyke got an AR-15 from his pickup truck and then ran back to the square, KUSA reported.
John Hurley, 40, was inside the Arvada Army Navy Surplus store when he heard the gunfire, KCNC reported.
Bill Troyanos was working in the surplus store when he heard the shooting outside, and told KMGH that Hurley pulled his gun from his holster and jumped into action.
“He did not hesitate; he didn’t stand there and think about it. He totally heard the gunfire, went to the door, saw the shooter and immediately ran in that direction,” Troyanos said. “I just want to make sure his family knows how heroic he was.”
Troyanos told KMGH that he saw Hurley confront and kill the active shooter in the square, but said he did not see who shot the good Samaritan.
Arvada police confirmed Friday that Hurley was fatally shot a moment later when another officer arrived on the scene and found him holding the gunman’s AR-15, KUSA reported.
Arvada Police Chief Link Strate called Hurley a hero on Tuesday, KCNC reported.
“He is a true hero and likely disrupted what could have been a larger loss of life,” Chief Strate told reporters.
Investigators found a horrifying note in Troyke’s home that said that shooting an officer was his way of holding law enforcement accountable, KUSA reported.
“My goal today is to kill Arvada PD officers,” the note read.
“We the people were never your enemy, but we are now,” Troyke wrote, according to KUSA. “This is what you get, you are the people who are expendable.”
“Hundreds of you pigs should be killed daily,” the note continued. “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.”
Police said the investigation into the shootings was ongoing, KUSA reported.
Watch the incident unfold in the video below. WARNING – Graphic Content: