Colorado Police Officer Killed In Mass Shooting Is Ball State Alumnus

Mar 23, 2021

This photo tweeted by the Boulder Police Department late Monday, March 22, 2021, shows Officer Eric Talley. Police say multiple people have been killed in a shooting at a supermarket in Boulder, Colo., including Talley. (Courtesy of Boulder Police Department via AP)

A Colorado police officer killed while responding to a grocery store mass shooting is a Ball State University alumnus.  Eric Talley earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the Muncie school.

In a statement, the university’s Center for Information and Communications Sciences, where Talley studied, said the school mourns the tragic loss deeply.

According to Ball State, Talley worked in information technology until 2010.  When a close friend died in a DUI crash, Talley switched careers and enrolled in the police academy at 40 years old.

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Talley was one of the first officers to respond to a grocery store shooting in Boulder, Colorado.  The father of seven was one of 10 victims.