Clinton Shooting Bringing Back Painful Memories

Kerri Enzbrenner lost her husband, Atchison police officer David Enzbrenner in 2011 when he was killed in the line of duty.

Posted: Mar. 9, 2018 12:55 PM

(ATCHISON, Ks.) The Clinton shooting is bringing back painful memories for the wife of a fallen Northeast Kansas officer.

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Kerri Enzbrenner lost her husband, Atchison police officer David Enzbrenner in 2011 when he was killed in the line of duty.

The story out of Clinton this week is taking her back.

"I was at work and they called me," Enzbrenner said. "And he said 'I hope you are sitting down, you need to sit down. David has been shot.'"

Her husband was responding to a routine nuisance call.

The gunman killed David before taking his own life.

She says it was like the whole town knew, but nobody was saying anything.

"It just went quiet like still," Enzbrenner said.

Kerri and David had been married for more than 20 years and they have three daughters. While the community had lost a police officer, she lost her partner.

"I thought that once I fell asleep, I would wake up and have to relive it or I would forget for like a second and I never forgot," Enzbrenner said. "It was like such a shock, it was permanent."

She knows what the family of Clinton officer Christopher Morton is going through, but she's not going to give them advice. She says grief is different for everyone.

"It's always going to be hard it's never going to go away," Enzbrenner said. "It's always going to hurt but, it gets smoother. it gets more peaceful."

Enzbrenner says she got through it with family, friends and the community. She says she hopes her story will help all those who are suffering. 

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