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Convicted Killer Shoots Estranged Girlfriend Inside Madison Vision Store

9/4/2013

September 4, 2013

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

          
Convicted killer Henry Talley shot his estranged girlfriend multiple times this afternoon in the Madison vision store where she works before shooting himself in the head as officers worked to bring him into custody.
          
Ronkeisha Briley, 26, is in critical condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.  Talley, 30, is also in critical condition at Vanderbilt.  The two have a child together.
          
Talley walked into the Rivergate location of Visionworks on Gallatin Pike at 2:15 p.m.  After a very brief confrontation with Briley, Talley opened fire, critically wounding her and grazing a 23-year-old female employee (she was treated and released at a local hospital). Despite her wounds, Briley fled to a rear examination room.  Talley fled in a maroon Pontiac.
          
Madison Precinct Officers Michael Pyle and Jonathan Weeks were very close to Visionworks when the shooting was dispatched at 2:17 p.m.  They spotted Talley’s car pulling onto Gallatin Pike, got behind it and activated their emergency equipment.  Talley activated the Pontiac’s emergency flashers and stopped.  Before the officers could get out of their police car, Talley put his semi-automatic pistol to his chin and fired.  The bullet exited through his face.  He was conscious and alert after shooting himself and was ordered by the officers at gunpoint to exit the car and get on the ground.  He complied with their commands.
          
Talley was arrested for 2nd offense domestic assault on July 1st of this year for striking Briley in the face.  He was convicted on July 15th and received an 11-month 29-day sentence.  All but 30 days were suspended.
          
Talley was arrested for murder in May 2002 for the shooting death of Joshua Clark, 20.  Clark was killed just before midnight on May 16th in the 1300 block of 12th Avenue South.  Talley wound up pleading guilty to voluntary manslaughter.  He received a 15-year sentence, at least some of which was served as part of a community corrections program.  He was convicted of being a felon in possession of a pistol in 2010.  He received an 18-month sentence, part of which was probated.  He was also convicted of domestic assault against a woman other than Briley in 2008, and of assault in 2006.
          
Talley will be facing very serious charges related to today’s shooting if he survives the suicide attempt.

                                                          
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Henry D. Talley, 30

Henry D. Talley, 30