Ronald Troyke wanted to kill as many police officers as possible.
Troyke described police as ‘expendable’ and planned to kill as many police officers as he possibly could. However thankfully, his rampage was cut short due to the brave actions of a man by the name of Johnny Hurley. A hero who overheard shots being fired and ran straight into the danger zone to do all he could to help.
40-year-old, Johnny Hurley, was shopping in downtown Arvada, a Denver suburb.
It was here that he overheard the fatal shots fired by Ronald Troyke which killed Officer Gordon Beesly who was responding to a call. Beesly was ambushed by Troyke who, armed with a 12 gauge automatic shotgun, shot and killed Officer Beesly.
Hurley heard the shots and ran towards the danger.
Troyke returned to his vehicle to retrieve his AR-15.
And the 59-year-old cop killer was holding the AR-15 when Hurley first laid eyes upon him.
Hurley, who was carrying a concealed pistol, pulled out his gun and opened fire on Troyke, hitting him numerous times. Troyke reportedly fell back towards a stationary vehicle before succumbing to his injuries and dying.
If it wasn’t for Hurley’s actions, the situation could have easily been far far darker… And Hurley must be remembered as a hero.
However the story has a tragic end.
When other police attended the scene, they saw Hurley holding Troyke’s rifle, and mistook him for the cop killer, and fired upon him, killing Hurley.
Police Chief Link Strate said:
Officer Beesley was responding to a call in the area of Olde Town Arvada, and within seconds he was brutally ambushed and murdered by someone who expressed hatred towards police officers.
“The threat to our officers and our community was stopped by a hero named Johnny Hurley.”
The statement continued:
Johnny’s actions can only be described as decisive, courageous and effective in stopping further loss of life.
The unnamed cop who shot Hurley was placed on administrative leave as independent law enforcement agencies investigate whether he should be charged with a crime.
Rest in peace Johnny Hurley. A true hero.