Police: Man shot by officers in Topeka has died

TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) – 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.

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Authorities are investigating what they’re describing as a shooting involving a police officer near a Topeka park.

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 but dispersed within half an hour. Police and city officials didn’t immediately return phone messages from The Associated Press.

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