The man who has been called a “hero” for stopping further bloodshed by fatally shooting a gunman who killed a police officer was then fatally shot by police in Arvada, Colorado, on Monday.
According to CNN, Arvada police shared the shooting details in a statement to the media, explaining that the 40-year-old man identified as Johnny Hurley confronted the gunman, identified as Ronald Troyke, after Troyke had shot and killed Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley.
The shooting took place at Arvada’s Olde Town Square on Monday afternoon. After shooting Officer Beesley, Troyke ran toward the square with a long gun, and Hurley intervened, shooting the suspect with a handgun.
“A responding Arvada Police Officer then encountered Mr. Hurley, who was holding the suspect’s AR-15,” the statement read. “The officer shot him,” the statement continued.
The shooting incident occurred after Troyke’s brother called Arvada police asking for them to perform a welfare check because he believed his brother was going to “do something crazy,” the statement explained.
“Arvada PD views Mr. Hurley’s actions as heroic; it is clear that he intervened in an active shooting that unfolded quickly in a busy commercial area in the middle of the day, and that he did so without hesitation. Mr. Hurley’s actions certainly saved others from serious injury or death,” Arvada police confirmed in their statement.