DA to discuss slayings of Topeka police officers

Topeka Police officers Jeff Atherly and David Gogia
Fallen Topeka Police officers Jeff Atherly and David Gogia (Photo courtesy of the Topeka Police Department)

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Authorities have scheduled a news conference to discuss the killings of two Topeka police officers.

Shawnee County District Attorney Chad Taylor plans to discuss his final report on the investigation surrounding the Dec. 16 shooting deaths of Cpl. David Gogian and officer Jeff Atherly at 9 a.m. today.

The conference is in the District Attorney’s office at 200 SE 7th street.

The two were shot to death while checking possible drug activity outside a Topeka supermarket. Their killer, 22-year-old David Tiscareno, was shot and killed by law enforcement officers Dec. 17.

The Shawnee County Sheriff’s Office investigated the shooting because Atherly and Gogian were police officers. Also, a third officer in the grocery store parking lot fired shots at the officers’ shooter.

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