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City response to Jeffco District Attorney's findings in the Johnny Hurley case

The City of Arvada shares the following statement regarding the conclusion of the Jeffco District Attorney’s Office’s investigation of the officer-involved shooting of Johnny Hurley during the tragic events of June 21, 2021, in Olde Town Arvada.

The events of June 21 in Olde Town were tragic. The Arvada community and City team have worked to support the subsequent investigations, and continue to support those affected by the events, including the families of Officer Gordon Beesley, Johnny Hurley, the involved officer, and all of the community.

The City appreciates the Critical Incident Response Team and the District Attorney’s Office for their efforts to thoroughly investigate this officer-involved shooting and bring the matter to conclusion.

This incident illustrates the nearly unfathomable decisions society asks our police officers to make as they go about their everyday work. The Arvada City Council and the rest of the City team stand with the Arvada Police Department and support the involved officer and his family.

In addition, the City team’s focus remains on supporting the family of Officer Gordon Beesley, a 19-year veteran of the APD who was loved and respected by all, especially his wife and two children. The team also continues to grieve with the family of Good Samaritan Johnny Hurley, who took decisive action to protect others without thought for his own safety.   

Finally, the City team remains focused on the Arvada community as we collectively heal from the horrible events of June 21. The conclusion of the DA’s investigation is an important step in the process.

Out of respect for the jurisdiction of the CIRT and DA’s Office, the City does not plan to release further statements in response to the conclusion of the investigation. All questions about the CIRT investigation and the DA’s decision should be referred to the District Attorney’s Office at 303-271-6800.