Autopsy done on Olde Town hero

Staff report
Posted 9/22/21

Johnny Hurley, the “good Samaritan” from Golden who acted to stop the gunman on June 21 in Olde Town Arvada, was killed by a single bullet. As first reported by the Denver Post, the details of …

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Autopsy done on Olde Town hero

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Johnny Hurley, the “good Samaritan” from Golden who acted to stop the gunman on June 21 in Olde Town Arvada, was killed by a single bullet.

As first reported by the Denver Post, the details of Hurley’s death comes from a six-page report released by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office this week.

The autopsy report states that Hurley was struck in the pelvis from a weapon fired by an Arvada Police Officer, fired from “indeterminate range.”

Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley was shot by Ronald Troyke, 59, in Olde Town Square. Troyke was readying an AR-15 when Hurley managed to shoot him instead. Hurley had picked up Troyke’s AR-15 when a responding Arvada police officer shot him, thinking he was the initial shooter, according to information released by the Arvada Police Department.

Hurley was taken to Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge where he was declared dead shortly after arriving, according to the autopsy report.

Both Beesley and Troyke also died.

A note was later found at Troyke’s residence, stating that he had specifically targeted Arvada Police.

The Arvada police officer who shot Hurley has not been publicly named, but was put on administrative leave, as is standard following a shooting.

An investigation of Hurley's shooting was completed on Sept. 9. Jeffco District Attorney Alexis King may now decide whether to press charges against the officer.

Arvada Police Department Chief Link Strate called Hurley a “hero” and said that his actions prevented further casualties.

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