Posted December 17, 2012 2012
Authorities have identified the gunman who killed two Topeka police officers as a 22-year-old man who records show had a criminal record.
During a news conference Monday, authorities said the shooter was David Tiscareno. Officers later shot him. An earlier report had indicated he had apparently been arrested.
Online court records show Tiscareno was convicted previously of theft of less than $1,000 and a weapons violation. He was sentenced to probation both times.
Authorities said officers were investigating a report of a possible drug deal in a grocery store parking lot Sunday night when Tiscareno opened fire, killing two officers.
Tiscareno fled. He was killed early Monday after authorities fired tear gas inside the home where he was holed up. The Shawnee County sheriff's office says officers opened fire when the man emerged from the home with a gun.
KMBC-TV showed officers surrounding the home early Monday. The TV station reports that officers yelled the suspect's name.
Officers have been hunting for a 22-year-old man who is suspected in the killing of two Topeka police officers Sunday night.
Early Monday, officers lobbed tear gas into the home, several apparent gunshots rang out and a police dog dragged something from the house. Reporters said a man who was not moving was removed from the building.
Several officers then entered the house and an ambulance drove away.
Topeka police did not return a phone call from The Associated Press.