There is no case of a Colorado official killing a 'hero' who has stopped shooting so many people

The police officer "had good reason" to believe that he and others were facing a near-accident when he shot and killed a bystander John Hurley.


A Colorado police officer who shot dead a bystander and praised as a hero by stopping a gunman with a shotgun will not be charged, prosecutors said on Monday.

The officer, whose name has not been released, had "reasonable grounds" to believe the officer and others were involved in an accident when a police officer opened fire on June 21 in Arvada, north of Denver, killing a bystander, John Hurley, 40, First. District Attorney Alexis King told the media.

"Police that day saw a large number of firearms, heard several gunshots in broad daylight in the center of Old Town Arvada," King said. "Thus, the police officer's decision to shoot John Hurley was legally valid despite his heroic actions that day."

A surveillance video shows a police officer ambushing a gunman in a Colorado fatal shooting

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Hurley shot and killed gunman Ronald Troyke, 59, in his own gun after Troyke ambushed and killed Arvada police officer Gordon Beesley with a shotgun, officials said.

Troyke also retrieved an AR-15 pistol from a truck. Hurley allegedly picked up a firearm in his possession at the time of the shooting, authorities said.

"If he had survived, we would have praised his courage to shoot so many people before someone was killed," King said. "He did it to protect others. We will remember him for his dedication."

King said the investigation into the use of force was led by the Jefferson County Sheriff's Office. The Arvada Police Department was not involved in the "critical" parts of the investigation, he said.

Hurley's mother, Kathleen Boleyn, said she was praying that no one else would face the same situation as her son.

"As we work together to move forward in life, consider applying Johnny's commitment to doing the right thing even if it costs too much to promote your actions," he said in a statement.

"I think a lot of people are angry, and that's understandable," he added. "I would ask that instead of reacting angrily, you should use that power to become the change you want to see in the world."

After the shooting, investigators found a note in Troyke's house saying he intended to kill "as many Arvada police as possible."

Earlier in the day, Troyke's brother had asked the police to investigate, saying that he was planning to do something crazy.