Co-workers unaware of domestic violence history before shooting - WKRN News 2

Co-workers unaware of domestic violence history before office shooting


Overnight crews worked inside the Visionworks store to clean up blood and patch bullet holes following a shooting at the store Wednesday afternoon.

The store opened at Noon, three hours later than normal, to allow employees time to meet with counselors the company provided.

Henry Talley, 30, has since been charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment and order of protection violation in connection with shooting his estranged girlfriend Ronkeisha Briley inside the store where she works.

Talley and Briley share a child together.

A co-worker was grazed by a bullet.

Briley was shot multiple times and fled to an examination room. Talley left the scene and later shot himself in the head as police pulled his car over to take him into custody.

Both Briley and Talley are listed in critical but stable condition at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.

Talley will be transferred to jail when his medical condition will allow.

Briley's employer said he did not know about her ex-boyfriend's violent history with her.

"We had no idea she had these types of issues that she was dealing with because she was so professional and didn't bring it to work with her," Visionworks owner Dr. Mark Lynn said. "Everybody loves her."

He continued, "Why is this guy with this history still walking around? We are all asking those questions and we are not seeing any real good answers."

Nashville's News 2 uncovered Talley's lengthy criminal history, including a conviction for killing a man in 2002.

Talley plead guilty to the lesser charge of voluntary manslaughter for the killing and was sentenced to 15 years in prison.

According to the Davidson County District Attorney's office, he was sentenced as an out of range offender. That meant he was sentenced to more time than the three to six year sentence he would have otherwise received.

Talley served 30% of the sentence and was released after serving five-and-a-half years. He then violated probation twice and was sentenced to more time in jail each time.

His probation was completed on March 31, 2011.

Talley has also been convicted of domestic assault twice. His most recent conviction was in July for attack Briley.

For that conviction he was sentenced to 11 months and 29 days in jail with 30 days suspended.

The 30 day jail sentence is mandatory for someone who is a second time domestic assault offender.

Talley was convicted of domestic assault against a separate woman in 2008 and felon in possession of a gun in 2010.

Tennessee ranks third in the nation for women killed by men.

More than half of the crimes against persons in Tennessee are domestic violence related.

The Tennessee Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual violence said sentencing for violent offenders should be strengthened.

"Offender accountability is very important in protecting victims and if the offender is in jail they can't get to the victim to hurt them," Executive Director Kathy England-Walsh said. "If you have a repeat offender that offender has certainly shown that they do not care about what the statue says and they are certainly going to be more dangerous."

Briley had a protective order against Talley. Walsh said protective orders are an important tool, but the courts must enforce them in order to protect victims.

"We need to make sure our courts are enforcing those orders and keeping the perpetrators in jail," she said.

Visionworks' owner said the store will increase security on staff and plans to start closing an hour earlier in an effort help make the store more secure.

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