The air was sombre in Olde Town Square on June 21as the friends and relatives from Gordon Beesley and Johnny Hurley attended the one-year anniversary of the Olde Town shooting to remember the victims of the tragedy.
A floral arrangement and chalk-written notes were arranged for both victims as mourners cried and pay respect for Beesley as well as Hurley. Brent Kaufman, a friend of Hurley’s, spoke some words to the crowd of 100 or so and then led a moment’s silence in memory of Beesley around 1:35 p.m. which was the time of his deathand then the moment of silence was around 1:37 p.m. at the time that Hurley died.
The Shrine of St. Anne’s Catholic Church was ringing the church bells around 1:37 p.m. to honor the victims. The family members of Hurley were gathered near the place the shooting occurred for an emotional moment of contemplation.
Arvada Police Officer Kraig Brownlow on June 21 was killed and shot by Hurley in the gun of the shooter who the shooter had just killed. He was the shooter Ronald Troyke, one minutes earlier had ambushed, and killed Arvada police officer Gordon Beesley and fired several rounds into the Denver suburb’s bustling food and shopping area.
“The officer had objectively valid grounds to conclude that, and indeed did believethat he and other were in danger of being killed,” King said. “Thus his decision of shooting John Hurley was legally justified regardless of his brave actions on that day.”
King said Hurley prevented further bloodshed , and is remembered because of his kindness.
Kathleen Boleyn, Hurley’s mother stated Kathleen Boleyn said she “imagine(s) that a lot of people are angry, and that is normal. I’d like to suggest that instead of venting your anger, make use of that energy to become the change you would like to be able to see around this world.”
In a statement issued by her lawyers from the firm of Rathod Mohamedbhai, Boleyn asked for people to participate in “meaningful conservation efforts that could help make a difference” in addition to “consider the example of Johnny’s dedication to do the right thing at the highest cost to guide your actions.”
The letter released Tuesday by King informing her of her decision not to indict Brownlow provided the first comprehensive timeline of the 21st of June shootings. Police and prosecutors provided a little information about the death of Hurley before the announcement by the prosecutor Monday in reference to investigations in progress.
The whole incident starting from the gunman’s killing of Beesley until Brownlow killing Hurley was over just two minutes and seven seconds.
Surveillance video released by Arvada Police Department revealed Troyke pursue Beesley and then shoot the suspect with a shotgun at 1:15 p.m. at the Downtown area. The video showed Troyke returning to his truck and change the shotgun into an assault rifle, before heading towards the square. Investigators also found an unsigned note in Troyke’s Arvada apartment that indicated that he intended to murder police officers, police have stated.
Three officers of the unit, including Brownlow who was listening to the sounds of gunfire at their Community Outreach Resource and Enforcement office in the town square. They they were unsure of what was the source of the noise. Not finding any information regarding the sound they heard through their respective radios they went to the closest door and through the glass they saw an unidentified man in black with an AR-15 wandering around on the street, the letter says. The officers realized that the sound was gunshots, and called an active shooter via the radio.