Slain Officer Had Long Military Career

By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)
By: AP (Posted by Josh Mabry)
CPL David Gogian

CPL David Gogian

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ A Topeka police officer killed in the line of duty served nearly 25 years in the military with the Marine Corps Reserve and the Kansas Air National Guard.

The Kansas National Guard released details Monday of Topeka Police Cpl. David Gogian's military service. The 50-year-old Gogian was fatally shot Sunday outside a grocery store while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

Also killed was 29-year-old Topeka police officer Jeff Atherly.

Gogian began his military career in April 1981 and spent six years in the Marine reserves.

He joined the Kansas Air National Guard in April 1991 and retired in April 2010.

He left as a senior master sergeant and chief of a small weather unit that helped assess flying conditions for guard refueling tankers and Army helicopters.

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