Victim: Ex-boyfriend violated protective order twice before shooting

Victim: Ex-boyfriend violated protective order twice before shooting (Image 1)

A woman shot several times by her ex-boyfriend last month says he violated a protective order twice in the weeks prior to the early September shooting.

The woman, who News 2 is not naming because she is the victim of domestic violence, testified during a preliminary hearing Friday that her former boyfriend, Henry Talley, sent her text messages and busted out her car window in two separate incidents.

She reported the violations to Metro police, but Talley was not arrested. Then on September 4, he entered Visionworks in Madison, her place of employment, and opened fire.

Talley's ex was shot four times and a co-worker's leg was grazed.

The victim told the courtroom Friday that Talley calmly walked into Visionworks and asked if they repair glasses.

“I said, ‘Yes, you can go over to the counter and they will repair them for you,'” the woman testified.  “He was staring at me and he told me I was disrespectful.”

She continued, “I [saw] him reach back into his pants and that's when he shot me.”

The woman was hit in her abdomen.  A co-worker nearby grabbed her and attempted to run.

“We were running from behind the reception counter,” the woman continued.  “We made it to the hallway and he shot me again.”

She testified that Talley shot her two more times as she lay on the ground.

“He ran out of bullets and when I saw him run out of bullets I tried to knock the gun down so we could get away,” she said.

Talley fled the building.  He later shot himself in the head as police attempted to take him into custody.

He survived and was hospitalized for several days before being booked into jail.

Another co-worker who was with a patient when the shooting occurred also testified Friday.  He said he saw Talley standing in the hall.

“I just kept hearing shooting and screaming and, 'Leave me alone, leave me alone!'” he testified.  “Then I turned back around and I thought, 'If it is my time to go, it is my time to go.'”

Co-workers applied pressure to Talley's former girlfriend's wounds as they waited for paramedics.

She still has a bullet lodged in her leg and must use a wheelchair.

Talley is charged with reckless endangerment, aggravated assault, attempted criminal homicide and being a felon in possession of a weapon.

Judge William Higgins bound his case over to a Davidson County grand jury.  He remains jailed on $500,000 bond.

According to the Davidson County Active Inmate Search online, Talley was also sentenced to 11 months 29 days for violating his probation in connection with his conviction on domestic assault second offense in July.

His former girlfriend was the victim in that case as well.

News 2 previously learned that Talley also failed to attend court-mandated batterer intervention classes.

He told his probation officer he could not afford the classes and the officer did not revoke his probation.

Talley has a lengthy criminal history.  He was arrested for murder in May 2002 for the shooting death of 20-year-old Joshua Clark.  Clark was killed in the 1300 block of 12th Avenue South. 

Talley pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter and 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 separate woman in 2008 and of assault in 2006.

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