According to Denver7, a man was shot and killed by police during a shooting at Olde Town Square located at 5700 Olde Wadsworth Blvd, Arvada, CO 80002.
On June 21, 2021, a shooting occurred at the commercial plaza in Arvada. Ronald Troyke began shooting a shotgun at parked vehicles and a responding officer at around 1:15 p.m. that afternoon. A man, deemed as a good samaritan, came out of one of the plaza shops with his own weapon and approached Troyke as he was attempting to replace the shotgun with an automatic rifle. The victim shot Troyke multiple times and took his weapons from him. As he was standing with both weapons, another responding officer approached and shot him, assuming he was the active shooter.
The officer and the suspect were pronounced dead at the scene. The victim was taken to Lutheran Medical Center, where he died from his injury.
Attorney contributor Emeka Igwe has years of experience defending victims of violent crimes, such as shootings. During a recent interview, Emeka shared his insight regarding the legal rights of victims of wrongful death police shootings and their families.
"Police officers have a legal obligation to serve and protect the communities. However, there is a very small percentage of police officers who abuse their powers and use excessive force in scenarios that do not require such a response. If someone is injured or dies due to the negligence or intentional act of a police officer, they may have grounds to pursue a lawsuit."
"The not always clear whether an officer used excessive force during the incident or if the officer was just responding to a perceived threat that might justify it. It is advised that victims of police shootings, especially wrongful death claims, seek the guidance of an experienced violent crimes attorney. The attorney will need to offer clear proof that the officer acted negligently. The victim and their family may be entitled to compensation for such cases."