Monday Marks 1 Year Anniversary of Topeka Police Tragedy

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) -- Monday marks the one year anniversary that two Topeka police officers were tragically killed in the line of duty.

Not only will December 16th be remembered forever by the friends, family and co-workers of Corporal David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly, but it also had a staying effect on the Topeka community.

Just one year ago on Monday December 16th, while on a routine central Topeka call in the Dillons parking lot on 12th and Lane, Officer Jeff Atherly and Corporal David Gogian lost their lives serving the city they had sworn to protect.

22 year old David Tiscareno gunned down the two officers and lead Topeka police...SWAT and KBI officials on a near 12 hour search throughout the Capital City.

Officers eventually surrounded Tiscareno at a house in the 300 block of SW Western.

Tiscareno would emerge from the home, weapon in hand forcing KBI agents to use deadly force.

While all officers are aware of the dangers the job entails, the department was dealt a stunning blow which was also felt by the community.

Just days after the tragedy, family members of both officers spoke about their loved ones.

Steven Atherly, Jeff's father, said, "We'd always tell him we loved him, and be careful, there's bad guys out there."

Officer Brandon Gogian, the son of David Gogian, said of his father, "He'd do anything for anyone and never had expectations of anything being done in return. Dad lived as a hero, died as a protector, and will continue to serve as a guardian angel.

Families of the fallen and the Topeka Police Department and Union plan subdued non-public events for the family on Monday.


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