TOPEKA (AP) — Two police officers fatally shot a man near a park in Kansas’ capital city on Thursday, saying he was armed with a handgun and struggled with officers.
Topeka police said the shooting occurred after officers responded to a report of a disturbance and shots being fired near the park Thursday morning and encountered the man, whom they described as “a suspicious person.” He later was identified as 30-year-old Dominique Tyrell White, of Topeka.
“While fleeing from officers, the individual reached for the pocket containing the firearm, causing the officers to fire their weapons,” police Lt. Colleen Stuart said in a video statement. “The individual’s gun was recovered from the scene.”
White was identified by police in Lawrence, about 20 miles (32 kilometers) to the east, who took over the investigation of the shooting because Topeka officers were involved and authorities in Topeka wanted the probe handled independently. Neither police department released the names, races or other information about the officers involved. They also did not disclose White’s race or other personal information about him.
White was pronounced dead at a Topeka hospital after being taken there by ambulance.