Officer Gordon Beesley, a 19-year veteran of the Arvada Police Department, responded to a call about a suspicious incident on Monday at about 1:15 p.m. About 15 minutes later, a 911 call came in about shots fired and Beesley’s gunshot wound, according to the Associated Press.
The shooter is believed to have shot and killed another person, who was taken to the hospital before succumbing to their wounds. This victim’s identity has not yet been announced by the department.
Law enforcement officials do not believe there were others involved in the incident.
The shooting took place in Olde Town Arvada, in the city’s downtown district, about seven miles northwest from downtown Denver.
Beesley’s death is just the third in the department’s history.
“This is by far the saddest day for our Police Department,” Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said.
Both City Hall and the City Council will be closed on Tuesday in order to ensure that police have the resources they need to investigate the shooting.
Just a day before, one man was killed and four others injured in a shooting at a shopping mall in Aurora, which is about 20 miles from Arvada, where people gathered to celebrate Juneteenth. Three months ago, a man opened fire inside a Boulder grocery store, killing 10 people.
Beesley's death comes amid a rise in the number of officers who have died in the line of duty in the first half of 2021. A review by the Washington Examiner found that the number of police officers intentionally rammed by vehicles, killed by gunfire, or stabbed to death is 40% higher than the number who lost their lives during the same time period last year.
Detective David Snelling of the Arvada Police Department told the Washington Examiner that the Jefferson County-wide investigation team is conducting the inquiry into the shooting.
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Original Author: Mike Brest
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