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Charges Filed Against Convicted Killer In Madison Shooting

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MADISON, Tenn. – Charges have been placed against the man who shot his estranged girlfriend and another woman inside a Madison optical store, and then turned the gun on himself.

Police said Thursday that arrest warrants have been issued against 30-year-old Charles Talley for attempted murder, aggravated assault, felony reckless endangerment, and an order of protection violation.

The incident started inside the Visionworks at 1701 Gallatin Pike around 2 p.m. Wednesday when Talley walked into the business and confronted a woman with whom he had a relationship. She was identified as 26-year-old Ronkeisha Briley.

After a short time, police said Talley opened fire, hitting Briley multiple times. She was able to flee into the back of the business. 

A 23-year-old female employee suffered a minor graze wound to the leg. She was treated and released from the hospital.

Witnesses told police Talley was driving a maroon Pontiac. 

Two officers with the Metro Nashville Police Department were very close to the scene when the call went out from dispatchers. They were able to spot Talley's vehicle as it was leaving the parking lot. 

After turning on their emergency lights and siren, officials said Talley turned on his hazard lights and pulled over. 

Before officers were able reach the suspect, police spokesperson Don Aaron said Talley pulled out a semi-automatic weapon and shot himself in the head.

Sky 5 HD aerial video showed signs of at least one gunshot through the vehicle's sunroof.

Talley survived the gunshot. 

"He was still conscious and alert when the officers approached. The officers gave him commands to exit the vehicle and get on the ground. He complied," said Aaron.

Talley and Briley were both transported to Vanderbilt University Medical Center for treatment. Both remained in critical, but stable condition on Thursday. 

The other female victim was transported to Skyline Medical Center. 

Nearly two dozen marked and unmarked police cars responded to the scene.

Gallatin Pike was closed in both directions from Myatt Drive to Alta Loma Road while officers conducted an investigation into the incident.

It was not the first time Talley was in trouble with the law. He was convicted earlier this summer for punching Briley.

Talley was sentenced on July 15 to 11 months 29 days in jail. Officials said all but 30 days of the sentence were suspended.

Briley took out an order of protection against Talley in July; it was for one-year and was still active at the time of Wednesday's shooting. The estranged couple has a child together.

The police affidavit for the incident said he had a prior conviction for domestic assault in 2009 against a different victim.

Talley was also charged with the murder of 20-year-old Joshua Clark in May 2002. He pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter.

He was sentenced to 15 years, at least some of which was served as part of a community corrections program.

Talley was also convicted of being a felon in possession of a weapon in 2010. He was sentenced to 18 months behind bars, but part of his time was probated. His criminal record included convictions for domestic assault in 2008 and assault in 2006.

Aaron said Talley would not have been involved in Wednesday's shooting if he had remained behind bars.

"You know, a 15 year sentence for a voluntary manslaughter conviction, and then seeing what we have here today, it's troubling," said Aaron.

Talley will be taken to jail when his medical condition allows for the transfer.

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