At 2:49 Boulder Police tweeted out an alert: “Active Shooter at the King Soopers on Table Mesa. AVOID THE AREA. PIO is en-route.” The store is located only a few miles from the University of Colorado Boulder campus. Boulder PD has reported 10 fatalities including Officer Eric Talley.
Police units from across the state including Jefferson County, Erie, Longmont and West Metro SWAT as well as FBI and ATF units responded to the scene to support Boulder PD. SWAT teams began to leave the area around 4:30.
Shortly after, Boulder PD asked people near 17th and Grove to “shelter in place while they respond to report of armed, dangerous individual” in a tweet this evening around 5:30. Boulder Police have since lifted this order. As of now, Boulder PD believes this event was unrelated.
Boulder PD updated the public in a press conference around 7:00 pm. Boulder Police Commander, Kerry Yamaguchi, noted that multiple people were killed in this shooting including a police officer. At an 8:15 press conference, Chief Maris Herold updated the public that there have been a total of 10 fatalities including Officer Talley.
“The police officer’s actions fell nothing short of heroic,” Herold said. Talley was 51 years old served the Boulder Police Department since 2010.
The police have the suspect in custody who is said to be seriously injured. Boulder PD has yet to confirm the suspect’s identity.
“We are gonna go all out to ensure that the right result is reached,” said District Attorney Michael Dougherty, noting that a painstaking investigation is already underway. The investigation will take at least 5 days.
Boulder PD will provide another update early tomorrow morning.