BOULDER police used murdered cop’s Eric Talley’s handcuffs to haul “gunman” Ahmad Alissa into custody, has been revealed.
Officer Talley who was fatally shot in the Boulder shooting at a King Soopers grocery store on March 22, was one of the first responders at the scene when the shootout occurred.
The Boulder Police Department tweeted Thursday: “This week several Boulder Police officers & others responded to a local hospital to formally place Monday’s shooting suspect into custody.
“As they did, officers informed him the handcuffs used that day were those of Officer Eric Talley. The suspect was then taken to jail.”
“It was our distinct honor to use Officer Talley’s handcuffs to formally process him into the jail.
“Though this was a small gesture, we hope it is the start of the healing process that so many of us need at this time,” they added.
51-year-old Talley was one of the 10 victims who were killed in the mass shooting, leaving behind a wife and seven children.
Following the massacre, White House press secretary Jen Psaki said President Joe Biden was considering possible executive orders on gun control.
But Talley’s grieving father Homer said his son would have hated to see his death used for political purposes.
He said his son was a staunch supporter of the Second Amendment and he would have been “deeply offended” to know his death was being politicized to promote gun control.
Alissa, 21, appeared in a wheelchair in court Thursday and has been held without bail as his “mental illness” is probed.
He appeared in person before District Judge Thomas Francis Mulvahill at 8.15am local time on Thursday morning.
His lawyer asked for the judge to delay the next hearing for three months.
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The legal team insisted “we cannot do anything until we are able to fully assess Mr. Alissa’s mental illness.”
“We cannot begin to asses the nature and depth of Mr. Alissa’s mental illness until we have the discovery from the government,” one of his attorneys reportedly said.
The alleged shooter bought an assault rifle six days before opening fire inside a crowded Colorado supermarket, according to an arrest affidavit released on Tuesday.