Boulder, CO - Officer Eric Talley was shot and killed in the line of duty during a mass shooting incident that was located at a king Soopers grocery store Monday afternoon
The 51 year old officer arrived at the scene first after 911 received reports of shots fired and someone carrying a rifle.
“Alright, it looks like we have an active shooter,” the dispatcher told officers over the radio.
Multiple calls hit the 911 Dispatch Center stating that business owners and shoppers were trapped inside the store and trying to hide. Multiple shots continue to ring out inside the location as the active shooter progressed into the afternoon.
“I’ve got another party down just inside the doors,” an officer alerted at 2:37 p.m. “The shooter is inside. He just shot at us twice.”
One minute later, another officer radioed that there was an “officer down” inside the store, leading to a “gunfight” between the shooter and police, according to the radio traffic recordings.
“Multiple shots being fired at us…We’re taking multiple rounds,” one officer told dispatch. “So far, potentially one gunman, armed with a long gun, potentially near the back of the store.”
One officer said the gunman was wearing a tactical vest.
Police continued to notify dispatch about additional victims and said that some people would need to be airlifted.
As Officer Talley’s fellow officers tried to reach him, they also expressed concerns the shooter was using him as part of an ambush, according to radio traffic.
“I need to push in to that officer. He’s about 30 yards inside the store, down. We cannot get to him,” an officer said at 3:05 p.m. “We have no known location of the shooter. We think he might be setting up an ambush.”
Additional officers made contact with the gunman at 3:20 p.m.
The alleged gunman has been identified as 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa.
The shooter suffered a “through-and-through” gunshot wound to the leg during the incident and is currently recovering at a local hospital, officials said during the press conference on Tuesday morning.
He was the only person shot during the incident who survived, according to police.
He will be booked into the Boulder County jail on 10 counts of first-degree murder as soon as he is released from the hospital.
Chief Herold said the investigation into the mass shooting will take at least five days to complete.
“My heart goes out to the victims,” she said, breaking into tears. “I’m grateful for the police officers that responded.”
Chief Herold said Officer Talley, an 11-year veteran of the department, took “heroic action” when he arrived at the scene of the active shooting.
“Officer Talley responded to the scene – was the first on the scene – and he was fatally shot,” she 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. These officers’ actions fell nothing short of being heroic.”