By Ellen Fike, Cowboy State Daily
Various Wyoming law enforcement agencies have sent messages of love and support to the family of the Boulder police officer killed in a shooting Monday.
Officers from all over the state have posted messages to social media expressing sympathy for the death of Boulder Police Officer Eric Talley. Talley was killed in the line of duty Monday during a shooting a King Soopers grocery store in Boulder, along with nine other victims.
“The men and women of the Laramie Police Department carry heaviness in our hearts for the death of Officer Eric Talley of the Boulder Police Department,” the Laramie Police Department said Tuesday. “Our thoughts are especially with his seven children, his wife and his family. Our thoughts are also with his extended Public Safety Family, who are will carry on. Please know that you are not alone.”
The victims in Monday’s shooting ranged in age from 20 to 65. The shooter, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, 21, of Arvada, Colorado, was apprehended on Monday, but taken to the hospital due to a wound to his leg, according to NPR.
Alissa has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder.
Talley was the first officer to respond to the shooting Monday afternoon. He was a veteran of more than 10 years with the Boulder Police Department.
“Our thoughts are with the Boulder, CO community as they bravely face an unspeakable tragedy,” the Cheyenne Police Department wrote Monday night. “Many lives were lost during the course of today’s events and we extend our deepest condolences during this difficult time.”
“Our heartfelt prayers go out to our neighbors to the south, and especially to the family of Officer Eric Talley,” the Douglas Police Department said. “Family both blood, and blue…. Our hearts are heavy for you…..God Speed Officer. Thank you for your service and sacrifice, even though those thanks will never mean enough.”
“Our thoughts are with the Boulder, CO community,” the Green River Police Department said. “We extend our deepest condolences during this difficult time.”
According to the Officer Down Memorial Page, 79 police officers have been killed in the line of duty this year, 13 by gunfire.