Man shot by Topeka Police had been released from prison in May

Posted: Updated:
Courtest KTKA Courtest KTKA
TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) -

 Records show that a 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 eight 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.

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

Previous story:  

The Latest on the shooting of a man by a police officer in Topeka (all times local):

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.

Check out these photos from across KAKEland snapped by our viewers, staff and local officials. Do you have a photo to share with us? Email it to


  • Most Popular Stories

    • Closings & Delays

      The latest list of school and weather-related closings and delays.

    • Valley Center teen dies after rollover crash

      A morning rollover crash kills one teen and injures another. The accident happened on I-135 near Harry Street exit around 9:43 a.m. this morning. 

    • Tabor college swimmers honor coach's wife

      Five Tabor College swimmers shaved their heads to support and honor their coach's wife.

    • Shocker great Antoine Carr weighs in on Shocker skid

      The Shockers lost a second straight conference game Saturday in Houston. The loss marked the first time since February of 2013 that Wichita State dropped back-to-back games in league play. The losses and several slow starts have some former Shockers weighing in on ways to right the ship. One such former player is Antoine Carr who was in attendance in the loss to the Cougars and had plenty to say in a postgame interview. "You started out playing angry, that's how you became how...

    • Winter storm closes highways in Northwest Kansas

      A number of highways are closed in Northwest Kansas due to a blizzard warning in the area.  

    • West Wichita interchange reopened

      Kellogg and I-235 have reopened after scheduled construction required the entire interchange to be shut down. 

    • Wichita police chief addresses illegal gambling indictments

      A total of six men have been indicted as part of an illegal gambling investigation in Wichita. Three of those charged were law enforcement officers in the community.

    • Winter weather conditions expected for most of western Kansas

       A Blizzard Warning continues for northwestern Kansas including Goodland, Colby, St. Francis and Atwood until 6am Monday morning. Snow falling across NW Kansas will continue to work its way southeast through the night and on into parts of southwestern and north-central Kansas by early Monday morning. 

    • Missing man found safe

      Wichita Police are reporting missing man was found and is safe. 

    • Police are searching for suspects in Dollar General robbery

      The Dollar General in the 4500 block of East Pawnee was robbed Saturday evening.