Shawnee Co. Sheriff Urges Patience As TPD Shooting Investigation Unfolds

Sheriff Herman Jones

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones urges patience as his department continues investigating the shooting deaths of two Topeka Police officers.

At their meeting Thursday, Shawnee Co. Commissioners approved Jones' request that $8,000 in this year's budget be moved to 2013 to cover anticipated overtime expenses.

The Sheriff's Office is handling the inquiry into the Dec. 16, 2012 shooting outside the Dillons grocery store on Huntoon that killed Officer Jeff Atherly and Corporal David Gogian.

Jones told 13 News Monday that investigators continue interviewing witnesses. He says, so far, the community has been cooperarative and forthcoming. Jones says the interviews are taking extra time with people in and out of town over the holidays.

He also says it will take time to get forensic testing results back from the Kansas Bureau of Investigation. He says the agency has sent bodily fluids from the scene for DNA testing. They're also looking at the shell casings involved.

Jones would not confirm whether the man believed to have killed the officers, David Tiscareno, was suspected in other crimes, but he says it is standard procedure to compare evidence in this case to see if it's linked to any other crimes.

Tiscareno was shot and killed following a standoff.

As for the two people in the vehicle outside the Dillons store with Tiscareno, Jones would not release their names. He says they've been interviewed and may be asked follow-up questions. He would not say whether the investigation confirmed reports of suspected drug activity that initially brought officers to the store that night.

Reports will be forwarded to the district attorney's office to review whether the other two occupants of the vehicle will face any charges.

Jones would not put a timetable on how long the investigation might take. He says he understands the community's interest in getting any answers to an incident he says has had such a widespread impact.