A good samaritan was shot and killed by police last week, after he came to the rescue during a potential mass shooting and took out the gunman. Johnny Hurley was shopping at an Army Navy Surplus Store in Olde Town Arvada In Colorado last Monday when gunshots were fired down the street.
Hurley was armed with a legal gun, and ran towards the sounds to intervene.
When he ran out of the store, the gunman was coming back towards the area where people had gathered. Hurley told everyone to take cover and confronted the gunman before shooting him and taking him out.
Police arrived on the scene shortly after and began shooting at Hurley, thinking that he was the original gunman.
Arvada police Detective David Snelling said Wednesday evening that an Arvada officer is on administrative leave while the Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team investigates the shooting.
However, police have not shared much information with the public.
“We have not completed all of the witness interviews and we are waiting on forensic evidence. We hope in the next few days to have all of this information and we promise to provide that to our citizens. We owe a thorough and complete review of the incident to both Mr. Hurley’s family and Officer Gordon’s family,” police said in a statement on Wednesday.
The gunman was later identified as 59-year-old Ronald Troyke, and he left a note behind promising to harm law enforcement officers, according to The Guardian.
Police say that at some point during the encounter, after shooting Troyke with his handgun, Hurley picked up Troyke’s rifle for some reason. Police who were called to the scene were looking for a man with a rifle, and when they saw Hurley carrying one they shot and killed him. They later released surveillance footage shooting that Hurley was carrying the rifle just before the shooting
The police department and the city have shared remorse for what happened, but it doesn’t appear that there will be any serious consequences for the officers involved.