Colorado Catholic church holds vigil for slain officer targeted by gunman

ARVADA, Colorado — Arvada Police Officer Gordon Beesley, shot dead June 21 by a gunman who law enforcement officials said targeted him, was recalled during a Catholic church service as a man who brought a “smile with him everywhere” he went. Arvada Deputy Police Chief Ed Brady referred to his smile during a prayer vigil June 24 at the Shrine of St. Anne Catholic Church, which is in Olde Town Arvada not too far from the library where Beesley was fatally shot. Also remembered at the service was Johnny Hurley, who was killed during the shooting. News reports described him as a “good Samaritan” who ran out of the nearby Army Navy Surplus store when he heard gunfire nearby. He pulled out a concealed weapon and shot at the gunman five or six times, but was himself killed.

Colorado Catholic church holds vigil for slain officer targeted by gunman

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