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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