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Officer Jeff Atherly (photo)
  • End of Watch: Sunday, December 16, 2012
  • Age: 29
  • Tour of Duty: 1.5 Years
  • Badge Number: 155
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Date of Incident: Sunday, December 16, 2012
  • Weapon Used: Handgun

ImageOfficer Jeff Atherly was killed at 1809 hours while investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle.  The vehicle, which was occupied by three individuals, was evacuated by Officer Atherly and Corporal David Gogian, and during that process one of the vehicle’s occupants shot and killed Officer Atherly and Corporal Gogian.  The suspect was killed during a stand-off with police the following morning, on December 17, 2012.  Officer Jeff Atherly had served with the Topeka Police Department for almost two years.  He is survived by a son, his fiancé and her son.

Corporal David Gogian (photo)
  • End of Watch: Sunday, December 16, 2012
  • Age: 50
  • Tour of Duty: 8 years
  • Badge Number: 408
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Date of Incident: Sunday, December 16, 2012
  • Weapon Used: Handgun

ImageCorporal David Gogian was killed at 1809 hours while investigating a report of a suspicious vehicle.  The vehicle, which was occupied by three individuals, was evacuated by Corporal Gogian and Officer Atherly, and one of the vehicle’s occupants shot and killed Corporal Gogian and Officer Atherly.  The suspect was killed during a stand-off with police the following morning, on December 17, 2012.  Corporal David Gogian had served with the Topeka Police Department 12 years as a Reserve Officer then an additional 8 years as a full time Officer.  He is survived by his wife, three sons and one daughter.

Police Officer Charles Joseph Bohlender Jr. (photo)
  • End of Watch: Tuesday, June 13, 2000
  • Biographical Info: Age: 33
  • Tour of Duty: 9 years
  • Badge Number: 240 Incident Details
  • Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
  • Date of Incident: Tuesday, June 13, 2000
  • Weapon Used: Not available

ImgOfficer Bohlender and Officer Jeff Howey were killed at 0200 hours when their helicopter crashed while they were assisting ground officers during a burglary alarm at a home improvement store. As the ground officers were inside searching the building, Officer Bohlender, the flight observer, and Officer Howey were circling overhead when the helicopter suddenly went into a spiral and crashed into an adjacent field, bursting into flames. The helicopter, a 1994 Schweizer 300 C, had approximately 5,600 hours of flying time.Officer Bohlender had served with the Topeka Police Department for 9 years. He is survived by his wife, and three children.

Police Officer Jeff William Howey (photo)
  • End of Watch: Tuesday, June 13, 2000
  • Age: 37
  • Tour of Duty: 8 years
  • Badge Number: 262 Incident Details
  • Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
  • Date of Incident: Tuesday, June 13, 2000
  • Weapon Used: Not available

imgOfficer Howey and Officer Joseph Bohlender were killed at 0200 hours when their helicopter crashed while they were assisting ground officers during a burglary alarm at a home improvement store. As the ground officers were inside searching the building, Officer Howey, the pilot, and Officer Bohlender were circling overhead when the helicopter suddenly went into a spiral and crashed into an adjacent field, bursting into flames. The helicopter, a 1994 Schweizer 300 C, had approximately 5,600 hours of flying time.Officer Howey had served with the Topeka Police Department for 8 years. He is survived by his wife and two daughters.

Patrolman Tony Ray Patterson (photo)
  • End of Watch: Thursday, October 12, 1995
  • Age: 31
  • Tour of Duty: 6 years
  • Badge Number: 256 Incident Details
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Date of Incident: Thursday, October 12, 1995
  • Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type

imgPatrolman Patterson was shot and killed while conducting a drug raid on a house. Patrolman Patterson was the ram man for the raid. In his attempt to ram the suspect's door a piece of the door panel was broken out. The suspect fired a shot through the hole in the door, striking Patrolman Patterson. Although he was wearing his bullet-resistant vest, the shot entered under his left arm, which was unprotected, and continued through his left side, killing him. Unsuccessful attempts were made by fellow officers and paramedics to revive Patrolman Patterson. The suspect was injured in the leg by return fire from another officer involved in the raid. Patrolman Patterson had been with the agency for six years and is survived by his wife and two children.

Corporal Marcus W. Hood (photo)
  • Age: 40
  • Tour of Duty: 18 years
  • Badge Number: Not available Incident Details
  • Cause of Death: Aircraft accident
  • Date of Incident: Friday, November 1, 1974
  • Weapon Used: Not available

imgCorporal Marcus Hood was killed in a helicopter crash while attempting to make an emergency landing. He was attempting to land in the parking lot of the Topeka Public Library when he took evasive maneuvers to avoid striking a woman and her child. Corporal Hood had served with the agency for 18 years. He was survived by his wife and two children.

Patrolman Clarence L. (Boots) Shields (photo)
  • End of Watch: Monday, April 11, 1955
  • Age: 32
  • Tour of Duty: 6 years
  • Badge Number: Not available Incident Details
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Date of Incident: Monday, April 11, 1955
  • Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type

imgSuspect Info: Sentenced to life Patrolman Shields was shot and killed by one of two burglars he surprised on the roof of the Moose Lodge in North Topeka on North Kansas Avenue. A search began for him when his patrol car was found three miles away. His body was not found until later that day. Two suspects were arrested the next day.It was discovered that both suspects worked for Patrolman Shields at a trucking company he ran during his off duty hours. The gunman was convicted of first degree murder and sentenced to life in prison. The other suspect was convicted of second degree murder and sentenced to no less than 15 years in prison. Patrolman Shields was survived by his wife and daughter.

Park Policeman Andrew Frederick Hartwick (photo)
  • End of Watch: Thursday, May 19, 1921
  • Age: Not available
  • Tour of Duty: Not available
  • Badge Number: Not available Incident Details
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Date of Incident: Thursday, May 19, 1921
  • Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type

imgPoliceman Hartwick was shot and killed in Ripley Park while attempting to remove three youths from the park after catching them shooting at birds. Two of the youths were arrested but acquitted. The third youth was never apprehended

Patrolman Caswell S. Matthews (photo)
  • End of Watch: Sunday, May 5, 1912
  • Age: 54
  • Tour of Duty: Not available
  • Badge Number: Not available
  • Cause of Death: Gunfire
  • Date of Incident: Sunday, May 5, 1912
  • Weapon Used: Gun; Unknown type

imgPatrolman Matthews was shot and killed by two suspects who had robbed the Bonner Springs marshal. Patrolman Matthews received information they two would be arriving at the Union Pacific depot on the 6:00 am train. When he spotted the two men he attempted to question them but was met with gunfire, mortally wounding Patrolman Matthews. Patrolman Matthews was able to return fire and wound one of the suspects, who was eventually arrested. The other was apprehended by the police chief after a brief struggle.
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