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City mourns after officers fatally shot in Topeka

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A memorial of candles of flowers is growing outside the Topeka Police Department Monday morning, honoring Cpl. David Gogian and officer Jeff Atherly killed Sunday night. A memorial of candles of flowers is growing outside the Topeka Police Department Monday morning, honoring Cpl. David Gogian and officer Jeff Atherly killed Sunday night.
Officers were looking for 22-year-old David Edward Tiscareno, Sunday evening, but they have not confirmed yet that was the man shot Monday morning. Officers were looking for 22-year-old David Edward Tiscareno, Sunday evening, but they have not confirmed yet that was the man shot Monday morning.
TOPEKA, KS (KCTV) -

It has been a painful and hectic day for people in Topeka, and the obvious question is why two of their police officers were fatally shot outside a grocery store while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle.

A memorial of candles and flowers honoring Cpl. David Gogian and officer Jeff Atherly killed Sunday night, is growing outside the Topeka Police Department.

Police found the gunman, David Edward Tiscareno, early Monday after they got a tip that led them to a house in the 300 block of Southwest Western Avenue.

Tiscareno was then killed after authorities fired tear gas inside the home where he was holed up. The Shawnee County sheriff's office says officers opened fire when the man emerged from the home with a gun.

Officers were looking for the 21-year-old Sunday evening.  Authorities said Topeka police were investigating a report of a possible drug deal in a Dillon's grocery store parking lot Sunday when Tiscareno opened fire, killing two officers.

Online court records show Tiscareno was convicted previously of theft of less than $1,000 and a weapons violation. He was sentenced to probation both times.

The Kansas National Guard released details Monday of Gogian's military service. The 50-year-old began his military career in April 1981 and spent six years in the Marine reserves.

He joined the Kansas Air National Guard in April 1991, and retired in April 2010.

He left as a senior master sergeant and chief of a small weather unit that helped assess flying conditions for refueling tankers and Army helicopters.

Gogian has a son who is also a Topeka police officer.

"He had spent his life in service to his country and in the city of Topeka," Topeka Police Chief Ronald Miller said.

Atherly was "just getting started" in his career, 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.

Copyright 2012 KCTV (Meredith Corp.)  All rights reserved.  The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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