Family and fellow law enforcement officials plan to gather Tuesday to celebrate the life of Arvada police Officer Gordon Beesley, a 19-year veteran of the department, who was killed in a midday shooting Monday in Olde Town.
The memorial service, which is closed to the public, will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Flatirons Community Church, 355 W. South Boulder Road, in Lafayette.
The public will be able to watch the service via a livestream that will be provided to local media, Arvada officials said in a news release.
Beesley, a school resource officer, was remembered this week by friends and colleagues as a calming presence in school, a man who spoke softly but remained unflappable.
“Gordon was a true gentleman and a kind soul,” Arvada police Chief Link Strate said at a Tuesday news conference. “He always had a smile on his face and everyone felt better after a conversation with Gordon.”
Authorities have released little information about Monday’s shooting in Olde Town that left Beesley, a “good Samaritan” named Johnny Hurley, and the gunman dead.
Beesley was ambushed by the gunman, police said, with investigators saying they found a note from the gunman threatening police officers.
Hurley shot the gunman to prevent further bloodshed, a witness told The Denver Post.
Police have not said how the gunman or Hurley died, but a source told The Denver Post that Hurley was killed by Arvada police.
Donations can be made to Beesley’s family through the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation, while non-monetary donations may be made by completing the donation form. The public is invited to leave notes or other forms of support on a patrol vehicle outside the Arvada Police Department, 8101 Ralston Road, the department said.
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