2 Topeka, Kan., cops killed

Dec. 16, 2012 at 11:49 PM

TOPEKA, Kan., Dec. 16 (UPI) -- Two Topeka, Kan., police officers were shot to death while responding to a call Sunday evening and the shooter was at large, authorities said.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported the Shawnee County Sheriff's Office identified the slain officers as Cpl. David Gogian, 50, and officer Jeff Atherly, 29.

Authorities were looking for a suspect, identified as David Edward Tiscareno of Topeka, who was described as armed and dangerous, the newspaper said.

The shooting occurred after officers were dispatched to Dillons supermarket on a report of a suspicious vehicle.

"Within a couple of minutes, one of the officers reported that shots were fired," Kristen Veverka, police spokeswoman said.

City police Lt. Ron Gish said the two officers who were shot were in separate vehicles. He said a third officer was uninjured.

Police, acting on a tip received after the shooting incident, set up a perimeter around a city residence.

Related UPI Stories
Latest Headlines
Trending Stories
Vatican: Pope's meeting with Kim Davis not a show of support
Potential male contraceptive found in study with mice
Cancer and height are linked, new study shows
Hacker may have exposed data of 15 million T-Mobile customers
Education Secretary Arne Duncan to step down in December