Vigil held for Atchison officer killed in line of duty
2:33 PM, Dec 10, 2011
5:51 PM, Dec 11, 2011
ATCHISON, Kan. - Hundreds of people gathered at the Atchison Police Department for a candle light vigil Saturday to pay tribute to fallen Atchison officer Sgt. David Enzbrenner.
Atchison County Sheriff John Calhoon said Enzbrenner was serving a nuisance complaint order at an Atchison house when he was shot. Calhoon said the alleged shooter, 25-year-old Skyler Barbee, came "out of nowhere," fired at the officer and then shot himself.
A LifeNet helicopter transported Enzbrenner to the University of Kansas Hospital where he later died.
Enzbrenner was a 24-year veteran of the Atchison Police Department.
"That was our brother, not our coworker our brother, but there are duties around the corner that we have to carry on, so we have to begin the grieiving and healing process," said Chief Mike Wilson.
Wilson organized the candle light vigil just a few hours before it happened. They used word of mouth and social media to let people know.
"No matter what are daily lives are like we are brought together in times like this, because we are a big family," said Wilson.
Many of the mourners knew Enzbrenner, but some didn't.
"I came out tonight to support our officers, because it's very tight knit community and we all stand together," said Barb Lutz.
Parents brought their children to the remembrance. Carrie Sinclair said Enzbrenner's death reminds her of the importance of life.
"Just keep your family together and hold them tight, because you just never know," said Sinclair.
The Atchison Police Department had the day off to mourn. Funeral arrangements have not been set.