The suspect in the Colorado supermarket massacre was hauled away in handcuffs belonging to the Boulder cop he gunned down, police revealed Thursday.
Slain officer Eric Talley’s handcuffs were used to formally book Ahmad Al Aliwi Alissa into jail — a symbolic gesture that paid homage to the veteran lawman, Boulder police tweeted.
“Officers informed him the handcuffs used that day were those of Officer Eric Talley,” the post said.
“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,” the police department added in another tweet.
The post included a black-and-white photo of Talley’s handcuffs.
The 51-year-old father of seven was among 10 victims in the King Soopers grocery store shooting Monday afternoon. Aliwi, 21, is accused of opening fire outside and inside the shop. His motive is not yet known.
Talley joined the department in 2010, trading a six-figure job in IT for a gun and badge.
A friend said he was inspired to become an officer following the DUI death of another pal.
Talley received a hero’s sendoff Wednesday, with dozens of local lining the streets to pay tribute as his body was taken to a funeral home.