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How to help victims of the Olde Town Arvada shooting

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Posted at 5:11 PM, Jun 23, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-23 20:50:35-04

ARVADA, Colo. — Verified donation accounts are now available for both Officer Gordon Beesley and Johnny Hurley, the victims in the deadly shooting in Olde Town Arvada Monday afternoon.

Johnny Hurley, 40, of Golden, has been described as the “hero” and “Good Samaritan” by the Arvada Police department for his actions that “likely disrupted what could have been a larger loss of life” during the shooting.

Arvada police say the authorized GoFundMe account to help Hurley’s family with donations can be found here.

Beesley, a husband, father of two and school resource officer at Oberon Middle School, was the first to respond to a call for a suspicious incident around 1:15 p.m. Monday in Olde Town Arvada. Within 15 minutes, officers were responding to calls that Beesley had been shot.

The only official donation account to help Beesley’s family is through the Colorado Fallen Hero Foundation.

Police warn anyone interested in donating to be wary of scams suggesting other ways to donate during this time.

Police notified the public via Twitter Wednesday that neither the Arvada Police Department nor Arvada Fire are collecting donations from businesses for the victims' families. While details on how the scams are being conducted are unclear, a spokesperson for the department said scammers are pretending to be representatives of the police and fire departments and reaching out to businesses in the area to collect money.

Gov. Jared Polis also ordered flags half-staff on all public buildings beginning June 29 from sunrise to sunset to honor Beesley.