Summer arrived on a tragic note in Arvada, Colorado, where three people were shot and killed, including a police officer, the suspect, and a person police described as a “Samaritan.” Authorities identified the slain officer as 19-year veteran Gordon Beesley. Beesley was a school resource officer but had a patrol assignment while students are out for the summer.
KKTV 11 News reported the incident began as an unknown suspicious circumstances call occurring near the library. Deputy Chief Ed Brady told reporters, “Just after 1:30 we received 911 calls about shots fired, and that an officer had been hit by gunfire. This is an active investigation with many moving pieces. Here’s what we know right now. A veteran officer with the Arvada Police Department was shot and killed.”
Brady also said, “One other person was transported to an area hospital. At this time, we believe this person was shot and killed by the gunman. We are working to identify this individual… and the coroner’s office will release more information as they get it.”
Brady added, “One suspect has also been shot and killed, and his identity will be released by the coroner’s office. There’s no threat to the public at this point. We’re not searching for anyone else. We know there are many rumors floating around. We cannot address or confirm them at this time.”
The Denver Post quoted Arvada Mayor Marc Williams, “Obviously it’s a horribly sad day for Arvada and for the region. There’s been so much of this. You hate to see it happen anywhere, but to see it happen in your community really brings it home.”
Police asked residents, business owners, and customers to shelter in place while they investigated the incident. Initially, they believed there might have been two suspects but later confirmed there had been only one, and he was deceased.
Later that day, officers from neighboring agencies arrived in Arvada to escort the officer from the scene to the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office. Reportedly, over 100 people lined the procession route to honor the officer as he passed. One woman paying her respects had draped herself in an American flag.
Five Colorado law enforcement officers have been shot this year. Officer Beesley is the second of these officers to be murdered. In March, the other murder occurred when a gunman shot and killed Eric Talley, a Boulder police officer, during a mass shooting at a grocery store.
Anyone wishing to make a donation for this officer’s family may do at the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation.
— Kyle Clark (@KyleClark) June 22, 2021