Eric Talley, officer killed in Colorado shooting: ‘A life cut far too short’ | Colorado From “World news | The Guardian”

The shooting at a crowded Colorado supermarket on Monday killed 10 people including the first police officer to arrive – Eric Talley, a 51-year-old father of seven whose own father said had been looking for less dangerous work.One suspect was in custody, a tearful Boulder police chief Maris Herold told reporters. Identities of the other nine victims were not immediately disclosed as police were still notifying family members.Herold identified Talley, who she said had been with Boulder police since 2010. He was the first to arrive on the scene after responding to a call about shots fired and someone carrying a rifle, she said.“He was by all accounts one of the outstanding officers of the Boulder police department, and his life was cut too short,” Dougherty said.“He was looking for a job to keep himself off of the front lines and was learning to be a drone operator,” Talley’s father, Homer Talley, said in a statement. “He didn’t want to put his family through something like this.“He had seven children. The youngest is seven years old. He loved his kids and his family more than anything.”A man named Jeremy Herko described Talley as one of his best friends.“He was a devout Christian, he had to buy a 15-passenger van to haul all his kids around, and he was the nicest guy in the world,” Herko wrote in a Facebook post.Talley was featured in a 2013 article as one of three police officers who helped save ducks stuck in a drainage ditch. He waded into calf-deep water to rescue the ducks from the pipes, according to the article in the Boulder Daily Camera newspaper.Talley is the sixth on-duty death in Boulder police history and the first officer killed in the line of duty since 1994, the Daily Camera reported.“He was, by all accounts, one of the outstanding officers at the Boulder police Department and his life was cut far too short,” said Michael Dougherty, the Boulder county district attorney.Dozens of police and emergency vehicles, lights flashing, escorted an ambulance carrying the officer from the scene after nightfall. Some residents stood along the route, arms raised in salute.Boulder police tweeted a photo of Talley in uniform.“Rest in peace Officer Eric Talley,” the department said. “Your service will never be forgotten.”The shooting occurred about two miles from the flagship campus of the University of Colorado, in the Table Mesa area, home to a residential neighborhood and the hilltop laboratory of the National Center for Atmospheric Research.It was the second US mass shooting in a week, following one last week that left eight dead in the Atlanta area. A 21-year-old man was charged with those killings.Authorities in Boulder did not immediately identify the suspect. Dougherty said the suspect was the only person injured.“This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder county,” he said. “These were people going about their day, doing their shopping. I promise the victims and the people of the state of Colorado that we will secure justice.”

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