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Wichita Police Chief Norman Williams expressed condolences Monday to the city of Topeka, its police department and the families of the two officers who were killed in the line of duty Sunday evening.
Topeka police corporal David Gogian, 50, and officer Jeff Atherly, 29, were shot while checking on a suspicious vehicle outside a Dillons store.
Chief Williams read a statement to reporters Monday morning at the regular media briefing. He said the Topeka officers made the ultimate sacrifice to protect the community they love.
"To the city of Topeka, we mourn with you at the passing of these two heroic gentlemen ... to the members of the Topeka Police Department, your loss is our loss ... to the families of the slain officers, your family is our family," Williams said.
Williams said there are no words to express the sorrow at the loss of the Topeka officers, adding "there is no such thing as a routine call anymore" for police officers who are serving their communities.
Williams said he has offered any assistance that may be needed to Topeka Police Chief Ron Miller.
Wichita police officers are wearing black bands over their badges this week in memory of Gogian and Atherly.
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