Type of Officer: Police Officer
Death Date: 12/16/2012
Added to Memorial: 2013
Circumstances of Death: Gunshot
Topeka Police Department Corporal David Gogian was shot and killed on December 16, 2012, after responding to the parking lot of a local grocery store on a report of possible drug activity. Corporal Gogian and Officer Jeffrey Atherly had the three vehicle occupants exit the vehicle, and as the occupants exited, one of them shot and killed both Corporal Gogian and Officer Atherly. Corporal Gogian was an eight-year veteran of the Topeka Police Department. He had previously served 12 years as a reserve Topeka Police Department Officer. He was a veteran of the United States Marine Corps and the Kansas Air National Guard. Corporal Gogian was survived by his wife; three sons; one daughter; grandchildren; parents; and three siblings.