Politics: Denver-area shooting leaves 3 dead, including officer, gunman

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A shooting in a Denver-area suburb on Monday reportedly left three dead including a police officer and the suspected shooter.

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As The Associated Press reports, an officer responded to a call about an incident at a library in Arvada around 1:15 p.m. local time, and 15 minutes later calls came in of shots fired and an officer being hit.

Further details surrounding the incident have yet to be released.

The police officer's death is only the third in the Arvada Police Department's history, the AP reports.

Arvada Mayor Marc Williams said this death was particularly painful as it came just months after the mass shooting at a Boulder grocery store, in which Arvada police officers had gone to assist in.

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"This is by far the saddest day for our Police Department," Williams reportedly said.

Arvada closed its city hall and canceled a City Council meeting in order to provide more resources to first responders, the AP reports.

Residents reportedly lined the streets as a hearse carrying the officer's body drove to the coroner's office. Police vehicles drove behind it as it went, according to the AP.

"It breaks my heart whenever this happens but especially when it happens so close to home," Arvada resident John Garrod told the AP. "These are the same officers I wave to when I am walking my dog."

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DENVER (AP) — A suburban Denver police officer who was fatally shot last week by a man investigators say was intent on killing as many officers as possible was remembered Tuesday as someone with “fundamental goodness" who knew how to love others, whether it was his wife and two teenage sons or a student overlooked at school. Speaking at a memorial service, Arvada Police Chief Link Strate said he believed Officer Gordon Beesley, 51, hated writing traffic tickets during the time he served as motorcycle officer but found his true calling when he was assigned to work with students as a school resource officer.

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