December 17, 2012 in Nation/World

Authorities ID man who shot officers in Topeka

John Hanna Associated Press
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CORRECTS SOURCE TO ASSOCIATED PRESS, NOT TOPEKA CAPITOL JOURNAL - Law enforcement vehicles surround the backside of an apartment complex evacuated by authorities as they hunt for a 22-year-old man suspected of fatally shooting two police officers, Sunday, Dec. 16, 2012, in Topeka, Kan. Two Kansas police officers were shot and killed outside the store on Sunday while responding to a report of a suspicious vehicle and died later at a hospital, authorities said.
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TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) — 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 (tihs-‘CUH-ree-noh). Officers later shot him.

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.

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