“This week, several Boulder police officers and others responded to a local hospital to formally detain the suspect in Monday’s shooting,” police said in the tweet. “As they did so, the officers informed him that the handcuffs used that day were those of Officer Eric Talley. The suspect was later taken to jail.”
“It was a great honor for us to use Officer Talley’s handcuffs to formally process him in jail,” police said. “Although it was a small gesture, we hope it is the beginning of the healing process that many of us need at this time.”
“I have to tell you about the heroic action of this officer when he responded to the scene,” said the police chief. “He didn’t have to dedicate himself to the police force, but he felt a higher calling.”
He said Talley was “willing to die to protect others” and embodied “everything the police deserve and need.”
Alissa, 21, is accused of killing 10 random people with an AR-15 style pistol. When he was arrested at the scene of the shooting, he was first taken to the hospital because he was shot in the leg. He was booked into the Boulder County Jail the next day.
Alissa has been charged with 10 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder, the district attorney’s office said Thursday.