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.

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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.