Over the last year more and more officers have been the victims of ambushes. Often, there is no one there to help them. Back up arrives after the fact and there doesn’t seem to be any citizens around at the time.
However, in Colorado, one man stepped in, risking his own life in the process.
Olde Town Arvada
On June 21, a gunman began shooting at Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley in the plaza. John Hurley was working inside the Arvada Army Navy Surplus store when the shooting began.
According to Bill Troyanos. Hurley, 40, grabbed his gun from his holster, immediately going to the officer’s aid.
“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. I just want to make sure his family knows how heroic he was.”Bill Troyanos
According to KMGH, Hurley told a restaurant manager to get everyone safe. Then, according to the manager, “He turned back and looked towards everybody at the restaurant and told us that he [the gunman] is coming, that he is coming back and that we should get inside.”
Troyanos saw Hurley shoot the gunman. “I think I heard six shots from his gun, maybe five.” The gunman fell against a vehicle. Hurley died, as did the officer.
Law enforcement officials have not said whether Hurley died because of the shooter or by fire from law enforcement.
A Selfless Act
According to Police Chief Link Strate, Hurley is a hero. Strate said to reporters, “He is a true hero and likely disrupted what could have been a larger loss of life.”
The shooter was identified as Ronald Troyke. So far, officials have not explained why he targeted the officer that day. Strate said the ambush on Officer Beesley was done 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. While this was a deliberate act of violence, we still believe this was an isolated incident, and our community is safe.”Police Chief Link Strate
While good Samaritans are few and far between, Hurley gave his life to save Officer Beesley and everyone else who was in the plaza that day. His selfless actions saved many lives.