The Colorado police officer was the last of ten victims to die in Monday’s massacre at the King Soopers grocery store, Boulder police said Friday.
Eric Talley, the team of agents led the store within 30 seconds of arriving on the scene, police said in a statement on Twitter as they defended the response time to the deadly mass shooting.
“ We’ve seen comments from some in our community who questioned our agents’ response time Monday afternoon, ” Boulder police tweeted.
“We think it’s important to share that Agent Talley led a contact team of agents into the store within 30 seconds of arriving on site. Yes, 30 seconds. ‘
In another tweet, the department said: ‘The suspect then shot officers, killed Officer Talley and shot officers until he was taken into custody. No other persons were shot or killed after these brave officers employed the suspect. ‘
Boulder police officer Eric Talley (pictured), 51, was shot dead when he responded to a massacre at a King Soopers supermarket and Boulder police have now said he was the last person to be shot
The department defended its reaction time to the deadly mass shooting in a statement to Twitter
A woman who identified herself as Talley’s sister also responded to the department’s tweet, praising her big brother
In a previous tweet she had said, “Agent Eric Talley is my big brother. He was killed in the shooting in Boulder today. My heart is broken’
Some Twitter users kept wondering how quickly the police responded and whether a faster response could have prevented more deaths.
A Twitter user asked, “I think the question was, how long will it take for the police to be called on site?”
The department replied that it took ‘1 minute and 40 seconds from the moment of calling to arrival’.
But that answer wasn’t enough for a Twitter user, who asked, “Add 30 seconds after arriving, so 2 minutes 10 seconds before entering the store?”
“Yes, you had an officer storming in, but then you bleed him and 9 other people to death while trying to coordinate a giant SWAT for your downward officer,” claimed @AjaxAtax, another Twitter user.
The Twitter user continued: ’30 minutes of Rambo mode coordinating an attack, 20 of which AFTER SURVIVAL. ‘
Twitter user @ bullmaster123 defended the department for the time it took to coordinate after Talley was shot.
So for all the people who question response time, they understand a few things. The average response time is 15 minutes. Officer Talley made it in 1:40 ‘, the tweet reads.
“As for storming in after Talley crashed. You already had 1 officer down and you don’t know how many other officers. ‘
The department’s statement came after Twitter users questioned response time to the deadly mass shooting, with some Twitter users unhappy with the department’s response.
Other Twitter users defended the department’s response time and coordination before entering the store after Agent Talley was shot
Statistics for the average response time of the Boulder Police Department were not readily available, but the Boulder Fire Department has noted firefighters took an average of approximately 12 minutes and 30 seconds to respond to calls in 2020.
The average school shooting lasts 12 minutes and 30 seconds, while the average police response time was 18 minutes in 2016 National Sheriff’s Association
Others, however, praised the department for getting Talley and other agents to the store “in just minutes.”
“That 911 call to the late agent Eric Talley on the scene at 200 seconds is very quick. Today, the public wants instant gratification, complains, ‘tweeted @ ROBERTBOYER1980.
Common sense: A deadly mass shooting is changing rapidly every second with many factors at play. Some answers will take a while. ‘
Another tweeted, ‘He said above, 1 minute 40 seconds from 911 to the parking lot, which is a great response time if you’ve ever driven in Boulder.’
A woman who identified herself as Talley’s sister also responded to the department’s tweet, praising her big brother.
‘Because that’s my brother: Eric. Fast. He flew into that store without thinking about protecting it. He flew. Thanks Boulder Police. Thank you, ”she tweeted.
In a previous tweet she had said, “Agent Eric Talley is my big brother. He was killed in the shooting in Boulder today. My heart is broken.’
‘I can’t explain how beautiful he was and what a terrible loss this is for so many. Fly high my dear brother. You always wanted to be a pilot (damn color blindness). Fly, ”she said.
He is facing ten charges of first degree murder and one time of attempted murder, but additional charges are expected to be filed in the coming weeks.
Boulder police did not say exactly when the department received 911 calls, but said in a press release that officers were sent to the scene around 2:40 PM.
* Agents arrived on the scene within minutes and immediately entered the store and hired the suspect, ” the press release reads.
Police said the suspect, 21-year-old Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, was arrested at the store at 3:28 PM.
According to a timeline published by the Denver Postthe shooting started around 2.30 pm in the parking lot in front.
The outlet reported that three minutes later the police had been dispatched at 2:33 p.m. and were on the scene at 2:35 p.m. – and entered the store at 2:37 p.m.
Alissa then allegedly fired at responding agents at 2:38 p.m. with reports that Talley had been shot at 2:39 p.m., the Denver Post reported.
At 2:50 PM, an armored vehicle was used to break into the front windows of the store with the police using a sound system to order him to come out at 3:00 PM.
SWAT teams entered the building at 3:22 PM to retrieve Talley’s body and contacted the suspect at 3:27 PM, a minute later they reported him in custody.