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No criminal charges for Arvada police officer who killed “Good Samaritan” in Old Town shooting

Johnny Hurley (Photo courtesy of Cody Soules via Denver7)

Prosecutors announced Monday that an Arvada police officer will not face criminal charges for accidentally shooting and killing a “good Samaritan” who stopped an active shooter in Old Town Arvada this summer.

At a news conference, First Judicial District Attorney Alexis King announced her decision not to charge the officer nearly five months after the officer shot and killed 40-year-old Johnny Hurley.

Hurley exited the Arvada Army Navy Surplus Store on the afternoon of June 21 and confronted the active shooter who had killed a police officer and fired several rounds in the busy restaurant and shopping district of a Denver suburb a few minutes earlier.

Hurley, who legally possessed a concealed carry weapon, shot and killed the active shooter after hearing gunshots. According to his autopsy report, Hurley picked up the active shooter’s AR-15 after hitting him. A responding Arvada police officer then shot and killed Hurley, mistakenly assuming him to be the suspect who ambushed and killed Arvada police officer Gordon Beasley.

According to the autopsy report, doctors at the Lutheran Medical Center in Wheat Ridge declared him brought dead shortly after arriving at the hospital. According to his autopsy, Hurley died of a bullet wound in his pelvis. The bullet hit his buttock from behind and did not leave the body.

Hurley’s mother, Kathleen Boleyn, said in a statement Monday through her attorney that she “imagines that many people are angry and it’s understandable. I’m asking you to act on your anger, rather than take that energy.” Use it to create the change you want to see in the world.”

She called on people to consider using Johnny’s commitment to doing the right thing, even at the greatest cost, to engage in “meaningful patronage that can make a difference” and to “inspire their actions. “

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The multi-agency Jefferson County Critical Incident Response Team investigated the shooting and presented its findings to the First Judicial District Attorney’s office on September 9. Police and prosecutors released few details about Hurley’s death ahead of the announcement on Monday, citing an ongoing investigation.

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