2 Policemen Shot Dead in Topeka
Were investigating suspicious vehicle
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Dec 17, 2012 2:03 AM CST
Two police officers were killed in Topeka.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Two police officers were gunned down as they investigated a suspicious vehicle report in Topeka yesterday. A gunman shot David Gogian, 50, and Jeff Atherly, 29, from the vehicle minutes after they arrived on the scene as backup for another officer, police say. "It's unspeakable, almost, about why this happens and why this is happening in America at this stage in our history," said Topeka's police chief.

He hasn't said why the vehicle was suspicious. Police later found it about 10 blocks from the grocery store where the shooting occurred. They're now seeking a 22-year-old man with a criminal history in the attack, the AP reports.

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Dec 18, 2012 3:50 AM CST
america is degrading from the failure of congress to act in the interest of the people. as people loose hope they take drastic action. if they see law enforcement as people fixated on control they rebel. cause and effect
Dec 17, 2012 1:23 PM CST
If only police officers were armed, this tragedy could've been averted.
Dec 17, 2012 12:43 PM CST
Please realize that we have a country of over 300 milion people ,3000 miles across with thousands upon thousands of small towns ,big towns - and one Internet !!! What you see in front of you now is preprocessed information custom picked from milions of other possible stories. Sometimes mothers die in child birth ,sometimes policemen get shot in the line of their duties , farmers get run over by their own tractors , construction workers fall of the ladders ...... don't panic as some would like you to do , live your life purposefully , love even those you are affraid to love .