Boulder Police Chief Gives Emotional Tribute to Eric Talley, Officer Slain in Shooting

Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold has paid tribute to Officer Eric Talley in an emotional press conference. Talley, 51, was first on the scene and was one of the ten victims of the shooting in Boulder, Colorado, on Monday.

Police say ten people were killed at the King Soopers grocery store in the Table Mesa area of Boulder yesterday afternoon. Talley was the first officer to respond to the scene and was fatally shot.

His actions were commended by Herold, who began the press conference by saying: "First thing I want to say, I want to say that our hearts of this community go out to the victims of this horrific incident.

"We know of ten fatalities at the scene, including one of our Boulder PD officers by the name of Eric Talley, who's been on the Boulder police department since 2010."

She then went on to tell the press about Talley's "heroic action" at the scene of the incident and said: "He served in numerous roles supporting the Boulder Police Department and the community of Boulder and I have to tell you the heroic action of this officer when he responded to the scene.

"At 1430 hours the Boulder police department began receiving phone calls of shots fired in the area and a phone call about a possible person with a patrol rifle. Officer Talley responded to the scene, he was the first on the scene, when he was fatally shot."

Rest In peace Officer Eric Talley. Your service will never be forgotten #BoulderShooting

— Boulder Police Dept. (@boulderpolice) March 23, 2021

Herold also thanked the region's "heroic" police officers and said: "I also want to commend the heroic actions of the officers responding not only from Boulder PD but from across the county and other parts of this region. Police officers' actions fell nothing short of being heroic.

"I also want to thank the men and women who responded, including state, local, and federal authorities."

Herold said that the "very complex" investigation will take "no less than five days to complete." She said the police will be working "night and day" and that they have one suspect in custody.

The police will be liaising with the coroner's office to identify the victims, and Herold said they will be working "around the clock to get this accomplished."

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A police officer salutes as a procession carrying the body of a fellow officer leaves King Sooper's grocery store where a gunman opened fire on March 22, 2021, in Boulder, Colorado. Ten people, including the police officer, were killed in the attack. Chet Strange/Getty

Herold also reassured the community that they are safe and said: "And again, my heart goes out to the victims of this incident and I'm grateful for the police officers that responded and I am so sorry about the loss of Officer Talley."

Boulder PD later said on Twitter: "Rest in peace Officer Eric Talley. Your service will never be forgotten #BoulderShooting," and the City of Boulder tweeted: "Our hearts are broken. Lives were taken today, including one of our brave @boulderpolice officers."

The Boulder Police Department will provide more updates on the incident at 8.30 a.m. MT on Tuesday.

The graphic below, from Statista, illustrates the number of mass shootings in the U.S. in recent years.

Mass shootings in U.S. - Statista
This graphic from Statista demonstrates how many mass shootings the U.S. experiences. Statista

Update 3/23/21, 9:50 a.m. ET: This article was updated to include an infographic.