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Arvada “Samaritan” killed by single shot after officer mistook him for active shooter, autopsy report says

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Arvada “Samaritan” killed by single shot after officer mistook him for active shooter, autopsy report says

Johnny Hurley (Photo courtesy of Cody Soules via Denver7)

Johnny Hurley, hailed by police as a “good Samaritan” for his actions during the Olde Town Arvada shooting in June, was killed by a single gunshot to the pelvis after a responding officer mistakenly assumed Hurley was the active shooter, according to a coroner’s report released Monday.

Forensic pathologist John D. Carver formally ruled Hurley’s death a homicide, due to that gunshot wound, in the six-page report released by the Jefferson County Coroner’s Office.

The report details the events of June 21, when Hurley confronted active shooter Ronald Troyke, who had just killed Arvada police Officer Gordon Beesley with a shotgun and fired at parked vehicles.

After Troyke returned to his own vehicle to exchange the shotgun for what police have described as an AR-15 rifle, Hurley — who had been shopping nearby when the shooting started — approached the gunman “and shot him several times” with his own handgun, according to the report.

Hurley “removed Troyke’s assault rifle from his body,” Carver wrote in the autopsy report. “Another responding officer then saw the decedent holding the assault rifle, and fired his handgun at him, mistakenly assuming that the decedent was the active shooter.”

Doctors at Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge declared Hurley dead shortly after he arrived at the hospital, according to the report.

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