Johnny Hurley "undoubtedly saved many lives" when he killed a shooting suspect, only to be fatally shot himself by police responders in Colorado.
Colleen Slevin / AP About 30 police cars line up for a procession on June 21 in honor of an officer who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colorado.
A "good Samaritan" shot a man who ambushed and killed a Colorado police officer, likely saving other lives, only to be fatally shot himself by responding officers, officials confirmed Friday.
"We lost two heroes," Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said in a video message Friday, acknowledging that Johnny Hurley "undoubtedly saved many lives Monday afternoon" before he was shot and killed by a responding officer.
The video does not show the shooting, but police said Troyke then shot Beesley twice, killing the 19-year veteran.
According to police, Troyke left behind a document, which stated that he had intended to target police officers in a deadly rampage.
"Gordon was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge," Strate said at a news conference on Tuesday. »