Chief Ronald Miller of the Topeka Kansas Police Department reported that Corporal David Gogian, 50 and Officer Jeff Atherly, 39, were killed in the line of duty on Sunday at 6:00 p.m.

Both officers arrived to back up a third officer on a suspicious vehicle call at a grocery store parking lot on SW Huntoon Street. Within minutes of their arrival, one person in the vehicle opened fire, shooting both fallen officers in the head.  The third officer returned fire. The vehicle fled the seen.  The mortally injured officers were rushed to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

Chief Miller stated that the motive for the shooting is unclear. The 22 year old suspect was known to law enforcement; and has a criminal record.

Due to a tip from a concerned citizen on Monday, officers were able to track the suspect to an area residence on Third Street, ten blocks from the original crime seen..  The suspect vehicle was found nearby abandoned.  They determined that the suspect was barricaded in the residence. A standoff followed.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Department was assisting was assisting Topeka Police at the scene of the resident . Two hours into the standoff, Shawnee County SWAT team members launched tear gas into the residence.  Suspect. David Edward Tiscareno, emerged from the front door, weapon in hand.  He ignored orders to drop the gun and aimed his gun at police. SWAT team members neutralized the threat he presented by killing him.

Gogian served with the Topeka Police Department for 9 years and three months and was a military veteran. His adult son also serves with the Topeka Police Department.  Atherly served for one year and 8 months.

Corporal David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly, gone but never forgotten.

EOW:  Sunday, December 16, 2012

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