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Family of ‘Good Samaritan’ Johnny Hurley settles $2.7 million lawsuit against police in Colorado

DENVER — The family of Johnny Hurley, the 40-year-old man mistakenly shot and killed by an Arvada police officer after he stopped an active shooter in Olde Town Arvada in June 2021, will settle a federal civil rights lawsuit against the Police Department for $2.775 million.

Hurley’s family announced the settlement at a news conference Thursday afternoon at the law firm Rathod Mohamedbhai in downtown Denver.

The lawsuit was set to go to trial on Oct. 6 and was “heavily litigated” up until this week, attorney Matthew Cron said.

Hurley’s mother, Kathleen Boleyn, said she was relieved to finalize the settlement and not put her family and friends through a trial.

“You can’t erase what Johnny did just because his life was erased,” Boleyn said. “Without my son, my life is diminished. But without Johnny’s heroic spirit, I think the world is diminished.”

Hurley was in the Army Navy Surplus store in Olde Town on June 21, 2021, when he heard gunshots outside and rushed to help. Using a concealed weapon, Hurley shot and killed Ronald Troyke, who wanted to kill police officers and ambushed Arvada police Officer Gordon Beesley, killing him, before he began shooting into parked police vehicles.

Hurley was standing over Troyke and disarming his weapon when he was mistaken as the shooter and shot by former Arvada police Officer Kraig Brownlow, who was named in the civil rights suit along with former Arvada police Chief Link Strate.

Hurley’s family and the Arvada Police Department are discussing a possible memorial to commemorate the events of that day, according to a joint statement.

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