The police officer who shot and injured a mass shooting suspect at a Boulder, Colorado, grocery store
was justified in his actions and won't face criminal charges, Boulder
County District Attorney Michael Dougherty said in a new report.
The suspect, Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa, was shot in the leg and taken into custody after the March 22 shooting that killed 10 at the King Soopers grocery store. MORE: Boulder mass shooting: 9 civilians killed before officer, slain after, arrived
Alissa allegedly started shooting in the grocery store parking lot
before running inside and opening fire, according to prosecutors. The
first officers arrived within minutes and went into the store, where
Boulder police officer Eric Talley was shot and killed, according to
Boulder officer Richard
Steidell -- who shot and injured Alissa -- said when he arrived at the
scene, he saw two victims dead outside, and when he and his fellow
officers went inside the King Soopers, he saw Talley with devastating
injuries, according to a report released Thursday by Dougherty.
As Steidell approached Talley,
he said he saw someone with a long gun pointed at the officers, the
report said. At least two rounds were then fired at the officers, the
Steidell returned fire with one or two shots and "then waited for the shooter to reemerge," the report said.
When the suspect moved into Steidell’s view, the officer said he fired
about five to 10 rounds, the report said. Investigators later determined
Steidell fired eight shots, the report said. MORE: Boulder mass shooting victims remembered, including police officer, future grandpa
Steidell was "entirely justified in using deadly physical force"
because he knew the suspect "posed an immediate threat to himself, his
fellow officers, and civilians still inside the store," Dougherty's
"And, because Steidell fired down an empty shopping
aisle and toward the back wall of the store, his use of force did not
create a substantial risk of injury" to people other than Alissa, the
Charges against Alissa include 10 counts of
first-degree murder and numerous counts of attempted murder. He has not
entered a plea.