Colorado – hero (40) shoots gunmen down – and is killed by the police himself

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When John Hurley (40) saw a man firing an assault rifle at a police officer, he didn’t hesitate for a second and shot the gunman. When he then picked up his weapon, he was fatally wounded by a police bullet.

A video shows what happened before John Hurley shot the shooter and then mistakenly died from police bullets.

  • A brave US citizen was accidentally shot by police in the state of Colorado.

  • He had previously stopped a gunman and picked up his assault rifle.

  • Now he is being celebrated as a hero in the media.

“He didn’t just stand there and think, but hurried to the door when he heard the shots, saw the shooter and immediately ran in his direction,” says Bill Troyanos, who works in an army shop in Arvada, Colorado , opposite «Denver7» about his customer Johnny Hurley (40). And adds: “I just want his family to know how heroically he acted.”

But his heroism should cost Hurley his life because of a tragic mix-up. After the 40-year-old had reached the gunman with his pistol and struck down, he picked up his AR-15 assault rifle. “What happened next is just as tragic as the death of Police Officer Gordon Beesley,” says Arvadas Police Chief Link Strate. “An officer arriving at the scene saw Hurley rifle in hand and shot him.”

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Johnny Hurley died after stopping a gunman.

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A police officer had mistaken him for the wanted perpetrator.

A police officer had mistaken him for the wanted perpetrator.

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Police officer Gordon Beesley had previously been killed by the gunman.

Police officer Gordon Beesley had previously been killed by the gunman.

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Gunman wanted to kill as many police officers as possible

Earlier, Officer Beesley had rushed into historic Arvada because of a suspicious person. He was on his way to the park there when a pickup truck parked behind him. Video footage shows 59-year-old Ronald Troyke getting out, rifle in hand, running after Beesley and yelling something to him. When he turns around, Troyke shoots him down.

After that, Troyke is said to have shot out the windows of a patrol car and fired into the air before Hurley stopped him with his handgun – and was himself killed when he picked up Troyke’s rifle. Later, a note was found at Troyke’s home saying that he wanted to “kill as many police officers as possible” today. His brother had previously stated that Troyke was about to “do something crazy.”

On Friday, Hurley’s family released a statement thanking them for the support from the city and the police. You are now waiting for the results of the investigation. A friend started a fundraiser to support the family. “Johnny loved the outdoors and had a passion for food and cooking,” it says. He just lived and had little. “He has now become a victim of senseless violence, which unfortunately is all too present in our society.”

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