Open Records Request Denied By Sheriff's Office


TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW)__March 16 marks three months since Topeka police officers David Gogian and Jeff Atherly were gunned down by David Tiscareno.

Tiscareno was then shot and killed by a KBI special tactics unit, and the official investigation of the shootings still has not been released.

One detail that has never been made public is the identities of two women who were in the car with Tiscareno when he shot the two officers.

On Monday March 11th, 13 news filed an open records request with Shawnee County Sheriff Herman Jones, whose office is investigating the murders of the officers.

We made an official request that the names of those women be made public.

The Sheriff's Office General Counsel Michael George denied our request and wrote that the identities of the two woman would not be released because it would interfere with the investigation.

Regarding the now 3 month old investigation, Sheriff Jones told us he realized there have been numerous delays and that once KBI forensic lab results come in, the investigation will go to District Attorney Chad Taylor for review.

An overworked and under-budgeted KBI forensics lab is often blamed for delays in getting evidence back to prosecutors in major cases and the legislature is considering funding a lab on the Washburn University campus.


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