Arvada gunman left note threatening police officers, investigators say

The gunman who opened fire in Olde Town Arvada on Monday left a note threatening to harm law enforcement officers, police say.

“There’s a document that was discovered and that document was given to us because there was a direct threat on police officers, specifically Arvada police officers,” Arvada police Detective David Snelling said Wednesday.

The suspect, 59-year-old Ronald Troyke, died Monday in the shooting, along with veteran Arvada police Officer Gordon Beesley and a man who intervened, John Hurley. A witness said he saw Hurley, who was shopping at the Army Navy Surplus Store, shoot Troyke after hearing gunfire.

Arvada police Chief Link Strate said Tuesday during a news conference that the gunman targeted Beesley because he was wearing a police uniform, but did not give more details.

“Officer Beesley was ambushed by a person who expressed hatred of police officers,” Strate said.

Police have not said who shot Hurley or Troyke, and officials have released few details about what happened Monday afternoon in the busy restaurant and shopping district.

Troyke lived less than a mile south of Olde Town Arvada, public records show.

Little information about Troyke is publicly available. A Colorado Bureau of Investigation records check showed one prior arrest for Troyke, in 1992 in Gilpin County on a misdemeanor third-degree assault charge. It’s unclear in court records whether he was convicted. He pleaded guilty in 1994 in Gilpin County to driving while ability impaired.

Troyke also filed for bankruptcy twice, in 1992 and 2013, and was evicted in 1995.

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