His patrol vehicle, parked in front of the police station, was adorned with flowers, cards and other tokens of grief and gratitude.
His bravery was known to his friends and colleagues well before his death.
Talley had been a member of the Boulder police force since 2010.
He was aware of the danger he faced as a police officer. His father told KUSA he recently looked into becoming a drone operator because he thought it would be safer.
Police Chief Maris Herold said at a news conference that Talley was “willing to die to protect others” and embodied “everything policing deserves and needs.”
A non-profit for first responders is responding to Talley’s death
The organization builds mortgage-free smart homes for catastrophically injured veterans and first responders, and pays off the mortgages of first responders and military servicemembers who are killed in the line of duty and leave behind young children.
The foundation also provides mortgage-free homes to surviving military spouses with young children.
The non-profit’s mission to honor fallen first responders prompted the effort to pay Talley’s mortgage.