Corporal David Scott Gogian

Corporal David Scott Gogian

Topeka Police Department, Kansas

End of Watch Sunday, December 16, 2012

David Scott Gogian

Corporal David Gogian and Police Officer Jeff Atherly were shot and killed while checking on a suspicious vehicle in a grocery store parking lot, at 1400 SW Huntoon Street, shortly after 6:00 pm.

Several minutes after making contact with the multiple subjects in the vehicle one them opened fire, fatally wounding Officer Atherly and Corporal Gogian. A third officer on the scene was not wounded. The subject who opened fire fled in the vehicle. He was located in a home on SW Western where he barricaded himself for several hours. He was eventually shot and killed after exiting the home while carrying a firearm.

Corproal Gogian was a U.S. military veteran and had served with the Topeka Police Department for eight years. He is survived by his wife and four children.


  • Age 50
  • Tour 8 years, 3 months
  • Badge 408
  • Military Veteran

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Handgun
  • Offender Shot and killed

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David , I'll always remember our times working in the Gang task force and our long drive to Training in Oklahoma City. You really opened up to me about your family and your upbringing and we really need a connection. I always got a kick out of the fact you called me the "brown Yoda"! You had a great Sense of humor ?you are missed brother. RIP

CPL Ruben Salamanca
Topeka Police Department, Kansas

October 9, 2015

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