April 20, 2014









2 Police Officers Killed Outside Store

2 Police Officers Killed Outside Store

( 4UMF NEWS ) 2 Police Officers Killed Outside Store:

Two Kansas police officers were fatally shot outside a grocery store Sunday while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle, authorities said.

Topeka Police Chief Ronald Miller called the shootings of Cpl. David Gogian and Officer Jeff Atherly “unspeakable.” He said both Gogian, 50, and Atherly, 29, were shot in the head by a gunman who opened fire on them within minutes of their arrival to investigate the vehicle.

“It’s clearly beyond words. It’s unspeakable almost about why this happens and why this is happening in America at this stage in our history,” Miller said.

Police were searching for a 22-year-old man believed to have been the one who fired on the officers from the vehicle. He remained at large Sunday night. Miller didn’t know the motive for the shooting but said the suspect has a criminal history, though he wouldn’t elaborate.

A third officer who went to the scene to check on the vehicle was not injured in the shooting.

Gogian and Atherly were taken to a hospital and later pronounced dead.

The call about the vehicle came shortly after 6 p.m. Sunday, police said. Gogian and Atherly had arrived as backup for another officer when someone in the vehicle they were investigating started shooting.

“I don’t believe they had any idea this situation was going to go this direction as quickly as it did,” Miller said.

Police would not say whether the officers had reached the vehicle when they were shot or what kind of gun was used in the shooting.

Miller said there was more than one person in the vehicle, which later was found outside a house about 10 blocks from the grocery store. Officers searched the home but didn’t find the shooting suspect.

The chief declined to say why officers were investigating the vehicle and why it was considered suspicious.

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