Authorities: Kansas man who killed 2 cops dies

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 17, 2012 at 11:50 pm •  Published: December 17, 2012

Online court records show Tiscareno was charged in September 2008 with one count of theft of less than $1,000. He pleaded no contest in April 2009 and was sentenced to 12 months of supervised probation. His probation was revoked in January 2010.

In March 2011, he was charged with criminal use of weapons and was sentenced that September to 12 months of unsupervised probation, also after pleading no contest. A notation in court records available online said, "This defendant should be advised against carrying a firearm."

Court records also show that in February 2011, Tiscareno was evicted from an east Topeka apartment for failing to pay the rent and that a local hospital sued him for failing to pay almost $9,100 in bills.

Jones said he wasn't sure whether there was a drug deal or drug use going on in the store parking lot; the person who called authorities reported drug activity.

VanDonge said the officers' deaths were a shock because a situation like the one they were in wouldn't typically result in violence.

The third officer at the scene was not hurt and has been placed on administrative leave with pay, which is standard procedure when an officer is involved in a shooting, authorities said.

The other people who were in the car when the shootings happened have been questioned. Authorities would not say whether they might face charges.

Miller said he had hoped that Tiscareno would be arrested so that he could stand trial.

"One of the things that concerns me is that we don't really know why he did what he did," Miller said.

The last time a Topeka officer was killed in the line of duty was 2000, and it's been longer than that — since 1995 — that one was fatally shot on the job.

Gogian had been a Topeka police officer since September 2004 and had an adult son who's also a Topeka officer. Atherly joined the department in April 2011.

Gogian was a retired Kansas Air National Guard sergeant and a former Marine Corp reservist. A biography prepared for his retirement and released by guard officials said Gogian and his wife had four children.

Janet Rice, who works in the Topeka schools' business office, said Atherly was patient and kind. She's a volunteer ambassador for the department and rode a shift with Atherly in May, after graduating from a 13-week citizens' course on policing.

"He was always polite, even though there were people calling him all kinds of bad names," Rice recalled after the vigil. "This is a huge loss."


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