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Topeka police officers stand at a crime scene behind an apartment unit after a man was killed in an officer-involved shooting nearby Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017, in Topeka, Kan. Two police officers fatally shot 30-year-old Dominique Tyrell White, of Topeka, 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.” (Phil Anderson/The Topeka Capital-Journal via AP)
September 28, 2017 - 6:09 PM

TOPEKA, Kan. - The Latest on the fatal shooting of a man by police in Topeka (all times local):

5:25 p.m.

Authorities have identified a man fatally shot by Topeka police near a park in the Kansas capital following what they've described as a struggle with police.

The Lawrence Police Department said the man shot was 30-year-old Dominique Tyrell White of Topeka and two officers were involved.

Police in Lawrence are handling the investigation because Topeka officers were involved. Lawrence is about 20 miles (32 kilometres) east of Topeka.

Lawrence police did not identify White's race or provide other personal details about him. Authorities also are not releasing the names, races or other information for the officers.

Both police departments said Topeka officers came to the area near the park in response to a report of gunshots and encountered White. Topeka police said he attempted to flee after struggling with police.


3 p.m.

Topeka police say a man shot by an officer or officers has died.

The Police Department said in a statement that the man died Thursday at a local hospital after struggling with police near a park and attempting to flee.

They said he was armed with a handgun and reached for a pocket with the weapon.

Police did not identify the man or the officers involved in his shooting.

Police said officers responded to a report of a disturbance and shots being fired and encountered a suspicious person who was armed.

They said officers fired at the man after their struggle and his attempt to flee. He was then taken by ambulance to the hospital.

Police said the man's gun was recovered at the scene.


2 p.m.

Authorities are investigating what they're describing as a shooting involving a police officer near a park in Topeka, Kansas.

WIBW-TV reports that the shooting Thursday morning sent one man to the hospital, but no officers were injured. The man was shot in the chest, and Topeka Police Capt. Mike Cross said two officers administering first aid to him were covered in blood afterward.

Police said they first responded to shots in the area, and an altercation occurred after officers arrived. Officers from the Shawnee County sheriff's department and Kansas Highway Patrol also went to the scene.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reports that an agitated crowd of about 50 people gathered nearby but dispersed within half an hour. Police and city officials didn't immediately return phone messages from The Associated Press.

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