A Irish American Hero, Shot Dead by Mistaken Identity by Police after Saving many Lives.

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Hero Irishman shot in US in case of mistaken identity

5th July 2021


An Irish-American was mistakenly killed by a policeman moments after shooting dead a crazed gunman in Colorado, it has emerged.a man standing next to a car© Provided by Extra.ie

When a mentally unwell gunman ambushed and killed a police officer on June 21 in the city of Arvada, 40-year-old John Hurley subsequently leapt into action.

The brave retail worker, whose family come from Ireland, moved toward the shooter and fired at him using his own concealed handgun.a man wearing a hat: Johnny Hurley ‘Good Samaritan’ hailed for saving lives after shooting Colorado cop killer was himself shot dead by police who responded to the scene© Provided by Extra.ie Johnny Hurley ‘Good Samaritan’ hailed for saving lives after shooting Colorado cop killer was himself shot dead by police who responded to the scene

After the gunman fell, Mr Hurley picked up the rifle the shooter had been carrying. Tragically, a responding police officer mistook him for the assailant and shot and killed Mr Hurley with the rifle still in hand.

It has since been established that the now-deceased 59-year-old Ronald Tryke was the man guilty of murdering Arvada police veteran Gordan Beesley.

In a statement, Arvada Police said: ‘Mr Hurley is a hero. He saved numerous lives to include civilians and other Arvada Police officers. Arvada PD views Mr Hurley’s actions as heroic; it is clear that he intervened in an active shooting that unfolded quickly in a busy commercial area in the middle of the day, and that he did so without hesitation. Mr Hurley’s actions certainly saved others from serious injury or death.’a car parked on a city street: Colorado police on Friday explained how a heroic bystander who had just shot and killed a cop-hating gunman was himself fatally struck by a responding officer.© Provided by Extra.ie Colorado police on Friday explained how a heroic bystander who had just shot and killed a cop-hating gunman was himself fatally struck by a responding officer.

Following the incident, officers searched Tryke’s home and found several notes suggesting that he planned to kill as many police officers as he could. ‘We the people were never your enemy, but we are now,’ one note said.

Another said: ‘Today I will kill as many Arvada officers as I possibly can.’ Last Saturday, friends, family and community members gathered in Arvada to honour Mr Hurley at a candlelight vigil.

In a statement, Mr Hurley’s family praised him for his bravery. They said: ‘Before Johnny engaged in a clear-eyed response to a dire situation, he was already a wonderful human being with a great enthusiasm for life. Johnny had an inquiring mind, independent spirit, and strong principles, though he was beholden to no single cause or belief. He called out injustice when he saw it.’

The family said they look forward to the outcome of a ‘thorough and independent investigation’.

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