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Crime Denver-area shooting leaves three dead, including police officer and suspect

17:25  22 june  2021
17:25  22 june  2021 Source:   nydailynews.com

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A police officer in Denver and a suspect were both killed during an eruption of gunfire, which also left at least one other person dead.

Officers on Monday were responding to a report of suspicious activity in Arvada’s Olde Town Square — a downtown district packed with shops, breweries and restaurants — around 1:15 p.m., Ed Brady, the deputy chief of the Arvada Police Department, said at a news conference. About 15 minutes later, a 911 caller said gunfire broke out in the area and that an officer had been shot.

a person standing in a parking lot: John Garrod, of Arvada, stands holding a blue line flag at the beginning of a line of about 30 police cars lined up for a procession in honor of the officer who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colo., on Monday, June 21. A gunfight between two men and police officers at a shopping district in a Denver suburb left an officer and one of the suspects dead, authorities said Monday. © Colleen Slevin John Garrod, of Arvada, stands holding a blue line flag at the beginning of a line of about 30 police cars lined up for a procession in honor of the officer who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colo., on Monday, June 21. A gunfight between two men and police officers at a shopping district in a Denver suburb left an officer and one of the suspects dead, authorities said Monday.

John Garrod, of Arvada, stands holding a blue line flag at the beginning of a line of about 30 police cars lined up for a procession in honor of the officer who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colo., on Monday, June 21. A gunfight between two men and police officers at a shopping district in a Denver suburb left an officer and one of the suspects dead, authorities said Monday. (Colleen Slevin/)

The officer was identified later the same evening as Gordon Beesley in a statement from authorities to KKTV.

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“Officer Gordon Beesley has been with the Arvada Police Department for 19 years,” Detective David Snelling wrote in the release. “He was a school resource officer at Oberon Middle School and was working patrol while school was out for the summer. Officer Beesley’s family is asking for privacy at this time.”

a group of people standing in front of a crowd: People line the street with flags during a procession in honor of an officer who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colo., Monday, June 21. © Provided by New York Daily News People line the street with flags during a procession in honor of an officer who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colo., Monday, June 21.

People line the street with flags during a procession in honor of an officer who was fatally shot in Arvada, Colo., Monday, June 21. (Colleen Slevin/)

The suspect as well as a member of the community, dubbed a “Samaritan” by law enforcement, also died from wounds sustained during the afternoon violence, which prompted an hours-long shelter-in-place alert. It was lifted around 5 p.m., but a second alert was issued again a short time later Monday evening out of an abundance of caution.

It was later lifted around 8:45 p.m.

No further details have been provided in the shooting, but authorities have said they believe it was an isolated incident and that there is no additional threat to the community.

Neither the name of the suspect nor the identity of the shooting victim have been released as of Tuesday morning.

“We know there are many rumors already floating around, this is still and active investigation and we will not be able to address or confirm rumors,” Detective David Snelling wrote in a press release. “At this time we believe this was an isolated incident and there is no continued threat to our community.”

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