Who is Gordon Beesley? (Colorado Cop Shot DEAD)
Officer Gordon Beesley of the Arvada Police Department in Colorado was slain on June 21 following a shootout. He responded to what he perceived as being “suspicious activity” near an old neighborhood, but instead encountered his killer and became victim number three during this week’s string of cop-killings across America that have cast uncertainty over public safety nationwide just days before summer starts – including one fellow officer gunned down here last night right outside my window!
The assassination comes amidst ongoing attacks on cops from all around: In San Francisco alone we’ve seen two such assassinations already; first OfficerITSonight returning fire against would-be assailant after receiving threats via email (one suspect had even posted about wanting revenge!), then fatally shot while apprehending another six
Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley “was targeted because he was wearing an Arvada police uniform and a badge,” police Chief Link Strate said at a news conference. “Officer Beasley was ambushed by someone who expressed hatred of police officers.”
Strate called it a “deliberate act of violence” and an “isolated incident.” But he did not provide details about the suspect, who also died in the shootout Monday; how authorities knew that the suspect had deliberately attacked Beesley; and how they knew about the suspect’s views toward police.
Yesterday, @ArvadaPolice Officer Gordon Beesley was responding to a call for suspicious activity when he was engaged in a gun battle & made the ultimate sacrifice. Our hearts go out to his family & friends as they mourn his loss.
— Commissioner Shea (@NYPDShea) June 22, 2021
Officer Gordon Beesley Suspect Killer
The suspect was identified as 59-year-old Ronald Troyke by Jefferson County coroner Annette Cannon.
Strate also did not explain what started Monday’s shootout, which also killed man authorities have described as a “Samaritan” near a library in historic downtown Arvada, an area that is home to popular shops, restaurants, breweries, and other businesses about 7 miles (10 kilometers) northwest of downtown Denver.
Strate on Tuesday identified that man as John Hurley, 40, of nearby Golden. Without elaborating on what he did, Strate called Hurley a “true hero who likely disrupted what could have been a larger loss of life.”
Ronald Troyke Shot Dead
Arvada police say the man who shot and killed one of their own “hated” police officers. The suspect, Ronald Troyke, was shot and killed by police officers after opening fire in Olde Town Arvada.
Officer Gordon Beesley of the Arvada Police Department in Colorado was slain on June 21 following a standoff.
Around 1:15 p.m., Beesley was responding to a “suspicious event” in the Olde Town neighborhood when he came across the shooter. Beesley and the gunman, as well as an innocent bystander, died as a result of the standoff. The assassination of Beesley came amid a wave of attacks on cops across the United States. On June 1, a homeless guy was observed attacking a San Francisco cop, who was eventually able to subdue and capture the man thanks to the assistance of bystanders.
How Old was Gordon Beesley?
He was 51 years old.
Gordon Beesley Career
Beesley was a school resource officer with a reputation for taking a compassionate approach with students. With school out for the summer, Beesley was working on patrol when he was hit by gunfire shortly after a report of a suspicious incident that police also have not described.
Beesley was a 19-year veteran of the Arvada Police Department, working as a patrol officer and as a motorcycle traffic officer before working as a school resource officer.
Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley, who was shot and killed today, was a school resource officer at Oberon Middle School. In 2015, we profiled his friendship with a boy who had development disabilities. Officer Beesley would bike to school with him so he’d be safe. #9NEWS #LODD pic.twitter.com/Ng4xJNSc7X
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) June 22, 2021
Gordon Beesley Biography
According to his school resource officer biography, he played the drums in a band and enjoyed hiking, biking, skiing, and camping with his family. His motto was “Look for the good in every day.”
Gordon Beesley never should have been in a band, The Railbenders frontman Jim Dalton once said. “He’s just too good for this crazy world.”
But Beesley was in a band – several of them, in fact, before finding his true calling as an Arvada police officer in 2002. Beesley was killed in the line of duty on Monday, leaving longtime members of the Denver local music scene and hundreds of their fans numb.
In 2000, Beesley joined Dalton and Tyson Murray to form The Railbenders, which came out strong in its debut and continued to be one of the biggest successes in the Denver music scene.
“Gordon left the brothers because they were just drinking and partying too hard, and their circles started moving away from each other,” Nahulu said. Soon after joining The Railbenders, Beesley earned his way onto the Arvada police force and was replaced by Graham Haworth.
“Gordy’s dream was always to be an Arvada policeman,” Nahulu said. “And not only did he become a cop, he endeavored to become the best cop and the best public servant that he could be.”
Beesley became the founding drummer of The Railbenders in 2000 after playing for Brethren Fast, Durt and Sponge Kingdom. But as a rocker, Beesley was a fish out of the beer-soaked mop water.
While working at Oberon Middle School, Beesley tried to help students who got into trouble from being prosecuted with crimes and reminded them and their parents that they would get through any problems they had, school counselor David Ruppert said.
Beesley once convinced a student he worked with who did not want to go to school to get out of his car and attend classes, Ruppert said.
“The kids gravitated toward him. They looked at him as someone I can go to,” Ruppert said.
Gordon Beesley Last Facebook Post
Gordon-Callbeck posted to her Facebook page that Beesley called her at 12:52 p.m., perhaps just minutes before he was fatally shot. She wrote, in most capital letters: “Gordon Beesley literally just called me today at 12:52 p.m. to catch up from 1998 and talk about visiting Mik! We caught up about a ton and he sounded so happy in his life and the family he has. Then he said suddenly, ‘Kat I have to go. I’ll call back!’ ”
According to reports, the Arvada Police Department will launch a criminal investigation into the shooter’s activities, with assistance from state and federal authorities.
A second investigation will be launched, according to Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Shrader, to see if police processes were followed appropriately. Both investigations are now in their early phases, with police still gathering evidence from the site and witness testimony. Beesley, a 19-year member of the Arvada Police Department, was shot while responding to an incident near the Arvada Library. Several people called 911 about 1.30 p.m. to report gunshots and one officer down.