ATCHISON, Kan. -- Hundreds of people turned out to pay tribute to a police officer killed during a routine call in Atchison. The family of Sgt. David Enzbrenner also attended Saturday night's vigil.
Enzbrenner was described as a dedicated family man and officer to his community. Six weeks ago, a grain elevators explosion killed six people in Atchison. Now, the community has suffered another jolt with Enzbrenner's death. The officer's killing leaves people wondering what more could go wrong.
Sgt. Enzbrenner was assisting on a nuisance order when police say 25-year-old Skylar Barbee came out of no where and shot him to death. Barbee then killed himself. The house where it happened sits only a one block from Enzbrenner and his family's home.
The sudden loss of a husband and father, leaves his family too shaken to speak. At the vigil to remember the beloved 46-year-old, Atchison Police Chief Mike Wilson conveyed how much the community's outpouring of support means.
"We appreciate all the thoughts and prayers for David and our family and this tragic loss for us, his friends and our community," said Chief Wilson.
Enzbrenner grew up in Atchison and officers say they can't remember a more somber time in their department. Officers from neighboring cities are currently working for Atchison officers as they take time to grieve for their fallen brother.