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Washington, Mar 22 (efe-epa).- At least 10 people, including a police officer, were killed Monday during a shooting at a supermarket in the Colorado city of Boulder, police said.
“We know of 10 fatalities at the scene, including one of our Boulder PD officers by the name of Eric Talley,” Boulder Police Chief Maris Herold said in a late-night press conference, praising the “heroic” action of the officer who had been with the department since 2010.
Talley, 51, was the first to arrive at King Soopers grocery store after the police began receiving calls at 2.30 pm (20:30 GMT) about shots fired and of a “possible person with a patrol rifle,” Herold said.
“Officer Talley responded to the scene, was first on the scene, and he was fatally shot,” she added.
Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty confirmed that the injured person of interest taken into custody was the suspect.
He did not provide further details, but television footage showed police officers escorting away a handcuffed, shirtless and limping man with a bloody leg.
A “painstaking investigation” was underway involving local, state and federal authorities “to ensure the investigation is thorough and complete,” Dougherty said.
Boulder Police earlier tweeted there was no ongoing threat to the public.
So far the authorities have not speculated on possible motives for the attack, nor indicated whether the man in custody had any kind of relationship with the supermarket or its staff.
A local news outlet in Denver, Colorado, reported that an ambulance carrying officer Talley’s body was escorted by a procession of emergency vehicles on its way to a funeral home, with officers and first responders saluting as they passed.
President Joe Biden was briefed on the shooting, White House press secretary Jen Psaki tweeted.
Colorado governor, Democrat Jared Polis, published a statement in which he said his “heart is breaking” over the “senseless tragedy.”
This shooting occurs just a week after attacks on three massage parlors in the Atlanta area, Georgia, in which eight people, including six women of Asian descent, were killed. EFE-EPA