TOPEKA, Kan. - A citizen's report of drug activity led to a shooting that left two Topeka Police officers dead. Topeka and Shawnee County authorities updated reporters on the investigation today. The officers were shot as they investigated a suspicious vehicle in the parking lot of a Dillons store at 1400 SW Huntoon Sunday at 6:00 p.m.
The suspect died from wounds he suffered as he was being removed from a Topeka home early Monday morning. The Shawnee County Sheriff's Department said the man came out of the house holding a gun.
Authorities said the man fired one shot and Topeka Police returned fire. Police have identified the suspect as David Tiscareno, 22.
Police have identified the officers as Corporal David Gogian, 50, and Officer Jeff Atherly, 29. Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller says Gogian's son is also a police officer.
Both men suffered head wounds in the shooting, according Chief Miller. Gogian and Atherly are the first Topeka Police officers killed in the line of duty since 2000 when a helicopter crash claimed the lives of Jeff Howey and Joey Bohlender.