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Wichita police chief: Slain Topeka officers ‘gave the ultimate sacrifice’

  • The Wichita Eagle
  • Published Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at 10:40 a.m.
  • Updated Monday, Dec. 17, 2012, at 11:07 p.m.

There’s simply no such thing as a routine call anymore, a saddened Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams said Monday, reacting to the shooting deaths of two Topeka officers the day before.

Williams, himself wounded twice in the line of duty, expressed the department’s condolences during brief remarks Monday morning.

“They were doing their job. They gave the ultimate sacrifice, which is their lives protecting the community that they loved,” Williams said.

Topeka police Cpl. David Gogian, 50, and Officer Jeff Atherly, 29, were shot Sunday night outside a grocery store. The shooter, identified as David Tiscareno, 22, of Topeka, was later killed during a standoff.

Williams spoke solemnly about recent violence across the country, alluding but not specifically mentioning the school shootings in Connecticut that killed 20 children and six adults.

“Words are not enough to express our sympathy,” Williams said of the Topeka officers’ deaths.

Wichita police will wear black bands on their badges to honor their fallen colleagues.

“To the community of Topeka, we mourn with you at the passing of these heroic gentlemen who gave their lives,” Williams said.

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