A shooting in a shopping district just outside of Denver left three killed, including the suspect and a police officer. The policeman was identified Monday night as Officer Gordon Beesley. He worked as a school resource officer at Oberon Middle School. Another person, possibly a bystander, was fatally shot. The veteran officer initially responded to a call about a “suspicious incident” near a library. Authorities have not released the identification of anyone involved in the deadly shooting. Residents in the area were evacuated as authorities searched for possible explosives, which is standard protocol. Television news helicopter footage showed a swarm of law enforcement officers in the area after the shooting.
“My thoughts are with the family and friends of the officer who was tragically killed in the line of duty while swiftly and bravely responding to protect civilians in the area,” Gov. Jared Polis, a Democrat, said in a statement. Olde Town Arvada is the city’s downtown district and home to various shops, galleries and restaurants. City Hall was closed for the remainder of the day and Monday night’s City Council meeting had been canceled. “This is an active investigation with many moving pieces,” Ed Brady, the deputy chief of the Arvada Police Department, said at a brief news conference late Monday. The last time an Arvada Police Department officer was killed in the line of duty it was Aug. 13, 1979, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page.