10 dead, including police officer, in Colorado supermarket shooting

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BOULDER, Colo. (NewsNation Now) — Ten people have died, including a police officer, in a Colorado supermarket shooting, authorities said.

The officer was identified late Monday as 51-year-old Officer Eric Talley, one of the first on the scene. Ofc. Talley has been a member of the department since 2010.

“My heart goes out to the victims of this incident and I’m grateful to the police officers who responded,” said BPD Chief Maris Herold.

The suspect was getting medical treatment and there was no further threat to the public, authorities said. Officers had escorted a shirtless man with blood running down his leg out of the store in handcuffs but authorities would not say if he was the suspect.

Victims’ families were still being notified so their names weren’t released, Boulder County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said.

“This is a tragedy and a nightmare for Boulder County, and in response, we have cooperation and assistance from local, state and federal authorities,” Dougherty said.

Officers were initially called to the King Soopers in the southern part of the city of Boulder for reports of a man shot in his vehicle, NewsNation affiliate KDVR-TV reported.

When officers arrived the suspect began shooting at them, police said.

Officers had their guns drawn, and some windows at the front of the store were broken. Authorities over a loudspeaker said the building was surrounded and that “you need to surrender.” They said to come out with hands up and unarmed.

Officers had their guns drawn, and some windows at the front of the store were broken. Authorities over a loudspeaker said the building was surrounded and that “you need to surrender.” They said to come out with hands up and unarmed.

Television helicopter video showed many law enforcement vehicles and officers outside the store and at least three helicopters on the building’s roof.

A KDVR reporter on the scene said police came over the loudspeaker of the supermarket telling a suspect in a vehicle in the parking lot to “sit up and surrender.” They are asking all those near the parking lot to move away as they surround the vehicle in question.

Authorities called it still a “very active scene,” as of 5:18 p.m. CST. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is responding to the scene, KDVR reported.

Aerial footage showed several medical evacuation helicopters landing in the area.

Witness Daniel Douglas said he was in the store grabbing lunch.

“As we were waiting on the pizza and we started hearing gunshots. It sounded like someone was breaking the glass at first,” Douglas said. “We started screaming and hit the ground.”

Douglas said a lot of people were crying.

“My nerves are so racked right now I’m having a hard time talking,” he said.

Another witness told KDVR that they had just left the store after checking out and heard what sounded like fireworks.

The witness said a guy was wearing tactical gear carrying an “AR-15 style weapon.”

The witness also said they ran back inside and told people about the shooter outside, ran into the back of the store and left through the delivery entrance. The witness also told KDVR that the shooter was in the parking lot, and they were unclear if he entered the store.

TV footage showed officers helping two people to safety.

Colorado Gov. Jared Polis issued a statement Monday on the events at the supermarket.

“Like my fellow Coloradans, I am closely watching unfolding events at King Soopers in Boulder. My prayers are with our fellow Coloradans in this time of sadness and grief as we learn more about the extent of the tragedy,” Polis said.

Boulder Police said to avoid the area and asked people not to broadcast tactical information on social media as it is “still a very active scene.”

A witness told KDVR the store was not very crowded at the time of the shooting since it was early on a Monday.

Law enforcement SWAT teams from Jefferson County and Boulder were dispatched to the market.

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April 24 2021 08:00 am

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