Early this morning, police received information from a citizen in Topeka on where the suspect in the shooting of two Topeka police officers might be located. The Topeka Police Department and Shawnee Sheriff’s Office secured a perimeter and requested assistance from the KBI High Risk Response Team, due to local officers having been the victims. The KBI responded to the 300 block of Western. The KBI attempted to negotiate with the suspect inside of the residence. At approximately 6:00 a.m., after numerous attempts to make contact with the individual, gas was deployed, and the suspect came out of the home carrying a gun. Shots were fired by law enforcement, and the suspect was hit and transported to a local hospital for treatment. It is unknown at this time if the suspect fired the gun he was carrying.
The suspect was pronounced dead from his injuries at the hospital. In accordance with standard procedure, the identity of the individual will be withheld pending positive identification and notification of the family. The KBI is investigating the incident.
A press conference is scheduled for 1:00 p.m. at the Law Enforcement Center, 320 S. Kansas Ave. and further details will be provided at that time.
Authorities have identified the deceased Topeka officers as 50-year-old Cpl. David Gogian and 29-year-old Officer Jeff Atherly. For updated information, click here for information from Kansas First News.