by Mark Walters
I’ve been talking and writing about the subject of gun rights and the Second Amendment for many years and just when you think you’ve seen it all, something terrible happens to remind you that you haven’t. That “terrible something” unfolded in the Olde Towne section of Arvada, CO, on Monday, June 21st, 2021.
Officer Gordon Beesley, a 19-year veteran of the police force, was responding to a suspicious person call when he was brutally attacked and murdered by Ronald Troyke, a crazed, whacko hell-bent on murdering as many “pigs” as possible that day, according to The Denver Post. He would not live long enough to fulfill his wishes.
Shortly after murdering officer Beesley in cold blood, Troyke returned to his truck and retrieved an AR15 style rifle. He then trotted back down the street towards his victim, shooting out windows in a cruiser and firing shots in the air, intent on murdering more police officers and likely anyone who got in his way. Fortunately for the community, good Samaritan, Johnny Hurley did just that and got in his way.
Hurley, a lawfully armed citizen and witness to Troyke’s violence, retrieved his own pistol to fatally shoot Troyke and end the murderer’s rampage with his handgun. Mission accomplished. What happened next is nothing short of horrific as Hurley would be shot and killed moments later by a responding Arvada officer while holding the killer’s rifle. In a statement from the Arvada Police Chief, Link Strate, Hurley was lauded as a hero who saved many lives, and his death was referred to as a terrible tragedy.
As the events are being investigated the normal questions we would ask have so far gone unanswered. Did the responding officer command Mr. Hurley to drop the weapon, etc? Clearly, this was an incredibly dynamic and fluid incident with bodies on the ground and we can only imagine what that first responding officer must have been thinking. My heart goes out to that person as well as Officer Beesley, his family and community hero, Johnny Hurley, and his loved ones.