ARVADA, Colo. — Content warning: This article includes topics that may be sensitive for some readers, including a description of a shooting.
Newly-released security video shows the moment a good Samaritan jumped into action to stop a shooter in Olde Town Arvada in June.
This week, prosecutors decided not to charge Arvada police officer Kraig Brownlow, who shot and killed that good Samaritan, Johnny Hurley.
Hurley was killed after he shot a man who had shot another officer. Hurley was holding the man's gun when the officer shot him, according to police.
The incident began when Beesley was called to investigate a suspicious person on Olde Town Square. As Beesley walked through an alley, the suspect got out of his truck with a shotgun, ran after Beesley, and shot him twice, according to Arvada police.
The suspect then ran back to his truck, retrieved an AR-15, and ran back toward Olde Town Square, where Hurley confronted him and shot him with a handgun, according to police.
The video obtained by 9Wants to Know shows Hurley inside the Army-Navy Surplus Store when the shooting started. He and another man run out of the store, and the video shows Hurley pull a handgun from his waistband.
Next, Hurley is seen crouching and running into Olde Town Square, where he takes cover and peeks around a corner.
Another angle shows the original gunman walking toward where Hurley is hiding. Hurley then pops out, fires and kills the gunman who ambushed and killed Officer Gordon Beesley just moments earlier.
> Editor's Note: The video below is the raw security video from the incident and contains disturbing images. It may be difficult for some viewers to watch.
Hurley picked up the gunman's AR-15 and was holding it when an APD officer standing in a nearby building shot him, according to District Attorney Alexis King.
> Editor's Note: The video below is the raw body camera footage from the moments just after the shooting. It contains disturbing images and may be difficult for some viewers to watch.
Monday, prosecutors said they would not charge that officer for shooting Hurley.
"One thing that became evident throughout our review was that John Hurley, that day, acted like a hero," King said Monday. "Had he survived, we would have praised his bravery in engaging a mass shooter before anyone else was killed. He acted to defend others, and we will remember him for his selflessness."
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