Arvada community honors shooting victims one year later – CBS Denver

ARVADA, Colorado (CBS4)– Tuesday marks one year since the shooting in Olde Town Arvada that left three people dead, including Arvada policeman Gordon Beesley, Good Samaritan Johnny Hurley. Many took the opportunity to honor the man they consider a hero.

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Johnny Hurley lost his life helping others. Now, with hugs and tears, her family and friends have come to mark the day.

“He trained and became an expert marksman for a situation like this so he could save lives,” said Bruce Arrant, a friend of Hurley.

In two minutes and seven seconds of chaos, confusion and terror, a gunman shot and killed Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley. Hearing the gunshots, Hurley then walked out of a military surplus store and shot the shooter.

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“At 43 feet with a moving target, his marksmanship skills were well honed and came into play that day and saved countless lives,” Arrant said.

Gordon Beesley was also recalled that day. He had been a school resource officer for Bryn Vaughn whose plea for help had brought Beesley to the square.

“I miss him. I know a bunch of people who knew him. I pray for him the same way.

At 1:37 p.m. sharp, a minute of silence and a bell rang to mark one year since the tragedy.

Gordon Beesley (credit: Arvada Police)

Hurley’s family and friends then walked to locate the spot where he died.

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