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Arvada Police Says Officer Killed Last Monday Was Ambushed for Wearing His Uniform and Badge

Afouda Bamidele
Jun 23, 2021
06:50 P.M.
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A Slain Colorado police officer was killed during a shooting in Olde Town. Arvada Police confirmed that he was ambushed because of his identity.


Authorities confirmed that a police officer was recently murdered during a shooting because of his uniform and badge. Officials discussed details of what transpired during the incident during a press report.

Gordon Beeley, a school resource officer, was killed in Olde Town after responding to a suspicious incident. Many details on the event have not been released, but authorities believe that the shooting was a deliberate one.

A Colorado Springs police investigator exits the home where an overnight shooting occurred in the Canterbury Mobile Home Park on May 9, 2021 | Photo: Getty Images


According to Chief Link Strate's statement, a man described as a "good samaritan," John Hurley, 40, also died during the incident. Strate revealed that Hurley prevented the situation from resulting in a more extensive loss of life.

Authorities did not find any connection between the hero Hurley and the suspect. Strate's reports confirmed that officer Beeley was murdered by someone who expressed apathy to police officers.


The police Chief clearly stated the need for the community to understand the efforts of police officers and what it cost officials to keep others safe. Strate believes that the community remains secure as the occurrence was rare.

Officer Beesley, who lost his life in a tragic criminal act, was a 19-year veteran of the police ministry.


During the report, Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader noted that in addition to the crime investigation, there is a second scrutiny to make sure the due police process is followed.

He insisted that the investigation's processes should be respected and the dishes should be paid no attention. A vigil was organized in honor of the deceased police officer.


With assistance from other law enforcement bodies, the Arvada Police deputies will lead the investigations of the suspect's actions. Additional research will include a critical incident response team as practiced when an officer opens fire on duty.

Records showed that investigators have been able to collate information on the crime while receiving witnesses' statements. However, further data were not released as the crime is still under investigation.


Officer Beesley, who lost his life in a tragic criminal act, was a 19-year veteran of the police ministry. A witness, Michelle Engelbrecht, stated that several gunshots were heard in the area, and people ran into a restaurant.

The manager of Hunter Bay Coffee, Veronica Carlson, also confirmed that she was in the shop's basement when an employee dashed down after hearing gunshots. Customers were taken away from the window area and calmed amidst the incident.


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