Man fatally shot by Topeka police had served time in prison

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Posted: Sep 29, 2017 1:47 PM
Man fatally shot by Topeka police had served time in prison

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — Records show that a black man fatally shot by two police officers in Kansas' capital was months out of prison after being prosecuted for burglary and illegal gun possession.

Authorities confirmed Friday that 30-year-old Dominique Tyrell White had a criminal record and spent seven months in prison starting in October 2016.

White died Thursday. Topeka police said he struggled with officers responding to a reported disturbance near a park, tried to flee and reached for a pocket containing a handgun.

Authorities haven't identified the officers.

Department of Corrections and court records showed White was sentenced to probation in 2015 for felony burglary and was discharged in August 2016.

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The records show he went to prison in October 2016 for illegal possession of a firearm as a felon and was released in May.


This story has been corrected to show that court records show White was placed on probation for burglary in 2015, rather than being sent to prison.