A police officer—one of the first law enforcement officials on the scene—is among the fatalities in a mass shooting that took place on Monday afternoon at a supermarket in Boulder, Colorado.
A suspect is in custody and was being treated for injuries, Boulder Police Commander Kerry Yamaguchi said at a press conference on Monday hours after the rampage at a Kings Sooper store.
Officials say there is “no ongoing public threat” at this time.
The fallen police officer has been identified as Eric Talley, 51. He had been with the department since 2010.
A father of seven, Talley is already being called a “hero.”
Boulder police said the gunman fired at officers as they arrived on the scene, The New York Post reported.
As of very early on Tuesday morning, the names of the other deceased victims were not yet released, as families were still being notified, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said, as The Post reported.
“These were people going about their day doing their food shopping and their lives were cut abruptly and tragically short by the shooter,” Dougherty said, The Post noted.
A Tuesday morning press conference has been scheduled.
The shooting took place roughly two miles south of the University of Colorado Boulder campus.
All of the families of the victims and all of those affected by this senseless tragedy need our deepest prayers.
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—By CNJ Staff