BOULDER, Colo. (CBS4)– One police officer was among 10 people killed in the King Soopers shooting in Boulder on Monday afternoon. Boulder police rushed to an active shooter call at a King Soopers on Table Mesa Drive near South Broadway about 2:30 p.m.
“I want to say our hearts of this community go out to the victims of this horrific incident,” said an emotional Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold. She identified the officer who died as Eric Talley. She says he was first to arrive at the scene and called his actions “heroic.”
Talley was 51 years old. He was with the department since 2010.
“His life was cut much too short,” said Michael Dougherty, Boulder’s district attorney. He said his office will investigate the crime thoroughly.
The remaining nine victims have not yet been identified.
“Obviously this is a very complex investigation that will take no less than 5 days to complete,” said Herold.
“We do have a person of interest in custody. That person was injured during the incident and that person is being treated for injuries,” said Boulder Police Cmdr. Kerry Yamaguchi.
Herold said the suspect had a “patrol rifle.”
Police did confirm that the public is not in any danger.
Customers inside the store described the scene as a gunman opened fire.
One man without a shirt on was walked out of the store in handcuffs about an hour after the first call. It appears his right leg was covered in blood. He was led to an ambulance and taken away to a local hospital.
Dozens of law enforcement agencies participated in a procession for Talley at around 7:45 p.m.
One man paid his respects with an American Flag along the procession route.
Bruce showed up to the intersection with an American flag to honor the fallen @boulderpolice officer. The procession of #FirstResponders is making it’s way through #Boulder now. @AndreaFloresTV @CBSDenver pic.twitter.com/2eGkw3pv6w
— Mark Neitro (@CBS4Mark) March 23, 2021
The King Soopers and surrounding area were expected to be blocked off to the public for some time, according to the Boulder Police Department. Everyone is urged to avoid the area during the investigation.
Anyone with information about the shooting or the suspect is urged to contact the Boulder Police Department at (303) 441-3333.