The police department in Arvada, Colorado, just outside Denver, shared a timeline on Friday. The timeline outlined how the tragic series of events led to the deaths of a Good Samaritan as well as an officer, according to NYTimes.
The police said they responded to a call of a suspicious person at Arvada’s Olde Town, a downtown district with shops, restaurants, and bars.
A teenager had reported that an older man had walked up to him, made a weird noise, and showed them a condom.
Officer Gordon Beesely engaged the man identified by authorities as Ronald Troyke, 59, who had in his possession, a shotgun.
The police said Mr. Troyke ran after officer Beesely and shot him twice adding that the officer did not reach out for his gun or have time to defend himself.
‘’Officer Beesely was brutally ambushed and murdered by someone who expressed hatred for police officers. What happened next is equally tragic,’’ Chief Strate said.
According to the police, Mr. Troyke returned to his truck to retrieve an AR-15 and then made his way back to the square. Here, a bystander, Johnny Hurley, 40, confronted Mr. Troyke and shot him with a handgun.
Chief Strate said immediately after Johnny shot Mr. Troyke, a responding officer who now held the AR-15 shot him.
‘’We lost two heroes on June 21,’’ chief Strate said referring to officer Beesly and Mr. Hurley.
The authorities however did not name the responding officer who shot Mr. Hurley.
After the shooting, police said investigations revealed a document written by Mr. Troyke.
In the document, Mr. Troyke stated that his goal was to kill as many Arvada officers as possible.
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