Johnny Hurley, “good Samaritan” in Arvada shooting, was killed by police, source says

The “good Samaritan” credited by police with saving lives by intervening with an active shooter in Olde Town Arvada this week was shot and killed by an Arvada police officer, a source familiar with the investigation confirmed Thursday.

None of the agencies involved in the investigation of Monday’s fatal shooting of Johnny Hurley have said who killed the 40-year-old, who intervened after a man shot and killed Arvada police Officer Gordon Beesley.

The Arvada mayor, an Arvada public safety spokeswoman and a spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office all directed questions about Hurley’s death to the First Judicial District Attorney’s Office. Neither District Attorney Alexis King nor her spokeswoman returned phone calls Thursday.

“The district attorney has indicated that the city can’t issue any official statement until she has issued her findings,” Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said.

News that Hurley was shot by Arvada police first was reported by Denver7.

The Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team investigation into the police shooting — separate from the investigation by Arvada police into Beesley’s death — continues and the agency has not yet presented its findings to the district attorney’s office, said Mike Taplin, spokesman for the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, which is leading that investigation.

Arvada police confirmed Wednesday that an officer was on administrative leave in connection to the shooting, which is standard protocol after an officer shoots someone.

A witness previously told The Denver Post that Hurley was in the Army Navy Surplus Store in Olde Town when gunshots broke out. The witness, Bill Troyanos, said Hurley drew a pistol and quickly rushed toward the plaza and opened fire on a gunman, identified by police as Ronald Troyke.

Troyanos did not see how Hurley died.

Investigators have not released new information about the shooting in two days and have released little information overall.

They have not said what the original 911 call of a “suspicious incident” was nor explained how the shooting played out in the busy restaurant and shopping district. Arvada police Chief Link Strate previously said the shooter was motivated by a hatred of police officers and targeted Beesley because of his uniform.

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