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2 Kansas Officers Fatally Shot Outside Market

Courtesy FOX4 Kansas City

Courtesy FOX4 Kansas City

December 16, 2012

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) - Authorities say two Kansas police officers shot outside a grocery store have died at a hospital.

Police say the 22-year-old male suspect in Sunday evening's shooting in Topeka remains at large and is believed to still be armed.

The officers were shot when they responded to a report of a suspicious vehicle near the store. The officers have been identified as 50-year-old Cpl. David Gogian and 29-year-old Officer Jeff Atherly.

A small crowd gathered for a candlelight vigil outside police headquarters as reporters nearby were given the news of the officers' deaths.

Gogian had been with the department since September 2004 and Atherly since April 2011.

Authorities found the reported vehicle outside a house 10 blocks from the store.

Officers searched the house but didn't find the suspect.


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