Two Officers Shot And Killed In Topeka, Suspect Shot And Killed

By: Josh Mabry
By: Josh Mabry

Information released by authorities at 1:00 p.m. Monday
Officials confirmed Monday that the man suspected of killing two Topeka Police Officers, David Edward Tiscareno, 22, was shot and killed by KBI personnel Monday morning.

In a news conference Monday afternoon, Police Chief Ron Miller was joined by Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones, KBI Deputy Directory Kyle Smith, and Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor.

Sheriff Jones clarified a few details about the shootings Sunday at Dillons, and the Monday morning standoff with Tiscareno. He said the 911 suspicious vehicle call Sunday evening was placed by someone who thought there was drug activity going on in a vehicle in the grocery store parking lot.

Two officers were in the area and responded. Those were CPL David Gogian and OFC Jeff Atherly. A third officer - who will not be identified, Herman said - also assisted in response.

Herman said Gogian and Atherly were asking three people inside the suspicious vehicle to exit the car. He says that's when Tiscareno, a passenger in the back seat, shot the two officers in the head, then got into the driver's seat and drove the car to the 400 block of Buchanan. The other two that were in the vehicle were taken in for questioning, but not charged with anything.

After Midnight, authorities say a citizen called in with a tip that Tiscareno was in an apartment home at 3rd and Western Avenue. Authorities surrounded the area and the KBI's High Risk Warrant team joined authorities on the scene.

Jones said just before 6:30 a.m., when Tiscareno was exiting the home, he had a gun in hand and fired one shot. Authorities responded with several shots, which ultimately left Tiscareno with life-threatening gunshot wounds.

Information released by the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office at 8:30 a.m. Monday:

Early this morning, police received information from a citizen in Topeka on where the suspect in the shooting of two Topeka police officers might be located.

The Topeka Police Department and Shawnee Sheriff’s Office secured a perimeter and requested assistance from the KBI High Risk Response Team, due to local officers having been the victims. The KBI responded to the 300 block of Western.

The KBI attempted to negotiate with the suspect inside of the residence.

At approximately 6:00 a.m., after numerous attempts to make contact with the individual, gas was deployed, and the suspect came out of the home carrying a gun. Shots were fired by law enforcement, and the suspect was hit and transported to a local hospital for treatment.

It is unknown at this time if the suspect fired the gun he was carrying.

The suspect was pronounced dead from his injuries at the hospital.

In accordance with standard procedure, the identity of the individual will be withheld pending positive identification and notification of the family. The KBI is investigating the incident.

A press conference is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center, 320 S. Kansas Ave. and further details will be provided at that time.

Earlier Reports:

Police confirmed Sunday night that two Topeka Police Officers died after being shot while responding to reports of a suspicious vehicle at a Dillons grocery store in central Topeka.

Topeka Police confirmed Sunday that CPL David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly were both killed in the line of duty.

Police identified the suspected shooter as David Edward Tiscareno, 22, of Topeka. He is considered armed and extremely dangerous.

Police continued searching for Tiscareno early Monday morning.

Shooting Information:

Three officers responded to 1400 SW Huntoon St. on reports of a suspicious vehicle around 6:09 p.m. Sunday.

Within minutes of arrival on scene, the officers reported that shots were fired.

Two of three responding officers were shot, and at that point suffering life-threatening gunshot wounds. Both were taken to a Topeka hospital where they died.

Following the shooting, officers from multiple law enforcement agencies responded. The parking lot of the Dillons store was roped off as a crime scene.

Suspect Manhunt Details:

Authorities surrounded a home in the 400 block of Buchanan in Topeka Sunday during the 8 p.m. hour, where the suspect's vehicle was found. It was searched and the suspect was not located.

Authorities told 13 News the scene was cleared by 9:30 p.m. and police were moving to another location at 12th and Topeka Boulevard.

Police were surrounding an area near 12th and Topeka Boulevard in the 9 p.m. hour Sunday.

13's Justin Surrency reported a SWAT Team huddled in the parking lot of Capitol Federal Savings, preparing to enter a nearby apartment complex, located at 1255 S. Topeka Boulevard.

A person who reported himself as a neighbor of the shooting suspect told 13 News that Tiscareno attempted to rob him at gunpoint 6 months ago. That information was not confirmed by police Sunday night.

The SWAT team swept the apartment building, as a spotlight lit it from the outside. After hours on scene, police cleared the apartment building just after 1 a.m. Monday.

Efforts to locate the suspect continued into the early hours Monday morning, as law enforcement checked a home near 3rd and Western Ave. The location is close to the home officers responded to at 400 and Buchanan earlier in the night.

13 News crews said officers with guns drawn knocked on the door of a home on Western for several minutes with no response in the 2 a.m. hour.

A time later, 13 News crews reported hearing glass break toward the back of the home. Officers then reportedly brought four people out of the home before re-entering the property.

The KBI attempted to negotiate with the suspect inside of the residence.

At approximately 6:00 a.m., after numerous attempts to make contact with the individual, gas was deployed, and the suspect came out of the home carrying a gun.

Shots were fired by law enforcement, and the suspect was hit and transported to a local hospital for treatment. It was unknown Monday morning if the suspect fired the gun he was carrying.

The suspect was pronounced dead from his injuries at the hospital.

Because Topeka Police Officers were involved in the shooting Sunday night, the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office has taken over the investigation.

More Information:

A witness told 13 News the shooting happened just outside the entrance of Dillons. The witness said he heard three gun clips emptied- then heard another series of shots.

A neighbor told Ann Bush, of the Topeka Capital-Journal, that he heard several shots. The neighbor said he looked out the window and saw an officer shot on the ground. The same neighbor told Bush he saw another officer standing near with hands on his head.

Bush was posting updates from the scene to her Twitter account Sunday night.

Topeka Councilman Chad Manspeaker took to Twitter following the shooting Sunday.

"Appears there has been a shooting at Dillons in our neighborhood," Manspeaker said on Twitter around 6:35 p.m. "Sheriffs, TPD, Troopers and Topeka Fire all on the scene at Dillons. Customers locked in the store. Parking lot a crime scene."

About an hour later he said," I am speechless. That Dillon's is a safe place. My heart hurts for our emergency responders."

A few dozen people set-up a candlelight vigil at Topeka's Law Enforcement Center at 320 S. Kansas Ave. late Sunday night.


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