Arvada gunman left message of hate, ballistics report coming Thursday | Crime & Justice
The gunman who died in a Monday afternoon shootout with Arvada police officer Gordon Beesley and a “Samaritan” left a four-page note explaining his hatred for the police and his intention to harm cops in the area. ‘Arvada in particular.
Arvada Police spokesman David Snelling confirmed the existence of the document to the Denver Gazette, but the department has not released its exact contents.
“We are aware of a document. It was given to us as part of a law enforcement security issue,” Snelling said, confirming that the document specifically targeted Arvada police.
Beesley and a passerby, John Hurley, died in the shooting at Olde Town Arvada before Troyke died of gunshot wounds. Officials have not said who shot Troyke or Hurley.
Two officials, who asked not to be named because the information had not been made public, told the Denver Gazette that the note was found by investigators when they searched Ronald Troyke’s apartment, 59, in Arvada on Monday night. They said the memo confirmed Beesley was being targeted because of his police uniform.
Arvada police chief Link Strate told reporters on Monday that the shooter “was someone who expressed hatred towards the police.”
He called Beesley’s death a “deliberate act of violence”.
“Communities need to know and understand what they are asking of their police,” Strate said.
Jeremy Wiest, who witnessed the shooting, said Troyke, dressed in black clothes and a tactical vest, was walking calmly after Beesley was shot.
“It felt premeditated and planned to me,” said Wiest.
Workers repaired the front door to Troyke’s apartment on Tuesday after officers in tactical gear broke it.
“He was a strange neighbor,” said Maicayla Sawaya of Troyke, who other neighbors said was rarely seen outside. “I didn’t even know anyone lived in this apartment. He never took out his trash and I never saw him bring groceries.”
Another neighbor, who wished not to be identified, told the Gazette that this Troyke often wore all black and drove a black truck.
Investigators have not revealed why Troyke would target the police. Colorado Bureau of Investigation records showed an earlier arrest of Troyke in 1992 in Gilpin County on a misdemeanor charge. There was no record of a conviction.
For the past 30 years, Troyke has had financial problems. Federal bankruptcy court records show he twice filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy in 1992 and 2013. Jefferson County court records show he was deported in 1995 and was sued in 1996 for a debt alleged by a property management company.
Jefferson County Sheriff Jeff Schrader says he’s worried impersonators could mimic the murder.
“In each of these cases, we’re going to be looking to find out about the deadly aggressive behaviors and the influences they have on others to do the same,” he said.
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